Many families will find themselves at some point engaged in a conversation with their teenagers and young adults about marijuana. Often, parents and other loved ones are told by their younger relatives multiple reasons why smoking “pot” is OK. “It’s not that bad for me”, “Everyone is doing it”, “It is better than drinking”, “It is legal now” and the infamous “You did it when you were young.”
Recovering from alcoholism is extremely difficult, and quitting drinking is only the first step. If you are in recovery, you know that you have been through many changes. Your brain is healing from the effects of alcohol. You have had to deal with and face life circumstances without being able to rely on having a drink to release the stress or numb the pain. You have had to start to think about yourself and your life in a new way. As equally important, is that your family relationships have had to adjust to your new sobriety.
One of the challenges for friends, family members, and loved ones of those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is codependency.
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to ignore the constant bombardment of advertising day-in and day-out. We all see ads showing up in some most unexpected places and alcohol advertising is no different. One recent ad campaign looks like it’s promoting safe drinking by showing women shunning their nearly passed out would be suitors, only to actually be for a beer company.
One of the pitfalls of successful recovery from addiction is relapse. There are many factors that can contribute to the backslide into these dark places.
Discovering that a close friend or loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol can be devastating. The first response may be to confront them about it, however, this frequently accomplishes nothing more than pushing them further away and alienating yourself from them.