In sobriety I’ve found my strongest talent – and my weakest vulnerability.
Many will say this is just a coincidence. That it is not possible. That it defies the voice of reason. That there is some other logical explanation.
Saying things like “I know how you feel,” “It will be okay,” or “You’ll find someone else,” is understandable, but this is not what your teen needs to hear in the moment.
If addiction is triggered by traumatic memory, then why are we as a society holding people accountable for an unconscious response and not looking at who or what triggered them?
I armed myself with a boatload of euphemisms for my Sober January: I’m using it to “reevaluate my relationship with alcohol,” I’m trying to “turn over a new leaf,” to “discover a new me.”
After heroin addiction, Nicole Walmsley turned her life around and now helps others do the same.
Here's the thing: the stigma around M.A.T. was so strong that I was afraid to even admit I was trying to help "them." It was like I was sleeping with the enemy.
The Cranberries were there for me through it all - depression, suicidal ideation and eventually recovery.
You should be prepared to ask questions about insurance and the day-to-day structure of treatment, as well as more complicated questions like, “Are your therapists qualified to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders?”
Family and couples therapy encourages people to look at the entire family system, including the harmful patterns that have become normalized.