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Coping With a Loved One's Addiction.
Fran Simone Ph.D.
Is "Why Me?" screaming at you? Here are a few ways to tone the volume down.
Is fear for your loved one controlling you? Here are a few suggestions to help you control your fears and worries.
Is your loved one causing you to sink into helplessness? You can find solace and support with others in the same boat.
Is negative self-talk wearing you down? You have the power to change it.
Is your loved one stealing your joy? Here are some ways to get it back.
Learning about addiction and the brain can help loved ones.
Is there a substance abuse problem in your family? The three As of recovery can help.
Do you struggle with setting firm boundaries? Here are a few things to consider.
Stigma and secrets are road blocks to recovery in addiiton.
Is your loved one wearing your out? Some "Dont's" and "Do's" can help you cope.
You can identify and change beliefs that limit you.
Is perfection getting in the way of helping your loved one? Focus on progress instead.
Developing an attitude of gratitude can help family and friends deal with the challenges of addiction.
Is your loved one breaking your heart? Courage, compassion, and community can help you cope.
Do your thoughts, words, and actions harm your relationship with your loved ones? Changing can help you and your loved one better navigate the addiction journey.
Are you trying to figure out how best to handle a loved one's addiction? Consider some do's and don'ts.
When addiction trumps good intentions, loved ones feel betrayed.
Setting and sticking to boundaries is easier said than done.
Research supports the benefits of gratitude. It can help shift one's perspective from negative to positive.
Sharing stories and taking action can help us deal with our loved one's addiction.
Does the voice of perfectionism shout at you? You can learn how to quiet it down.
Is the stress of loving someone who abuses alcohol and drugs harming you? A few mini-relaxation techniques can help quiet your busy mind.
Is denial in your relationship with a loved one making your crazy?
A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.
It isn't all "ho, ho, ho" for loved ones during the holiday season. Here are a few suggestions for overcoming the holiday blues.
Courage, compassion, and community can help loved ones overcome co-dependency.
Is co-dependency driving you crazy? Like a writer you can revise your behavior and produce a better draft of yourself.
Lesson learned by loved ones to help them deal with the challenges they face with family members with substance abuse issues.
Courage, compassion and community are key ingredients to help loved ones heal.
Conflict is a part of every relationship. It’s often more pronounced for family’s affected by addiction. Often moms, dads, sisters and brothers disagree on how best to handle the thorny situations fueled by the addict’s behavior.
Fran Simone, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus at Marshall University and the author of Dark Wine Waters: a Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows.