…there’s general agreement that the experience of being raised in a home with a troubled parent can and does have adverse impact on adult behavior
Money is a tool that allows some to delay the inevitable. They construct a protective bubble that minimizes the risk of getting caught and the other consequences that follow addiction.
From a patient’s viewpoint, physicians can be somewhat blase’ about risks associated with a medication.
I never saw much difference between a lawyer or a doctor bitching about his job in group, and the same behavior from a CPA or a techie or a long-distance trucker.
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By the time the family gets around to taking action, conditions in the addict’s life have already reached the point where there’s a certain incentive to change.
For many, only age and health issues, or an unanticipated dip in that protective tolerance, were enough to finally motivate them to seek help.
Some observers have criticized us for orienting treatment methods to more severe cases, but that’s predominantly who we see in many forms of treatment.