We recently highlighted this piece on the NEWS blog on our Member Site. I thought I’d give you the bullet version. It is rare to read something comforting about our loved ones. I, for one, appreciated these insights.

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Patricia Lincourt, LCSW, has worked with people struggling with substance abuse for over 20 years. She says that most of them defy the stereotypes we typically have. Below is a recap of 10 truths she has heard patients expressing, time and time again.

 

–  “I know I have a problem with substances.”

–  “I am sorry for the pain I cause others as a result of my substance use.”

–  “I have experienced trauma and have difficulty managing emotions.”

–  “I have tried to quit or cut down many times.”

–  “I listen to your concerns when you express them.”

–  “I am scared to think about what life might be like without substances.”

–  “I have a lot of ambivalence about continuing to use.”

–  “I am embarrassed by what I see as a lack of strength or willpower.”

–  “I am responsible for my actions under the influence or sober and should be held accountable for them.”

–  “I have a disorder like any other medical disorder.”

The full article from the Huffington Post is linked here.

 About the Author:
Dominique launched Allies in Recovery in 2003. Her work has been featured on HBO and NPR. She is a facilitator and a trained speaker on issues of addiction and the family. She has worked extensively developing and evaluating federally-funded substance abuse programs for organizations and clinics throughout Massachusetts and New York. With an interest in recovery and substance abuse that spans 20 years, she sees a huge need to help families develop the skills that will help a loved one recover fully in a supportive, whole, and lasting way in their families and in their communities. Her mission is to have Allies in Recovery fill that gap.

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