The third chapter dispels the notion that addicts must "hit bottom" before they are ready to get help. It implores families not to wait for that bottom, too. Because by then, it is too late, I argue. It isn't about giving up.
It is all about giving in. And in the meantime, there are steps families must take to protect their own well-being, even if the addict isn't ready. Read the book for more.
In the fourth chapter, I explain what treatment is and what it isn't. There is no cure for addiction. There is a solution. For many people (but not all), treatment is the gateway to a life restored.
But treatment isn't the end of the addict's journey. It is the beginning, which is why the next chapter lays out the framework of support that is so vital to recovery — a framework that is as much about the addict's personal responsibility of commitment and effort as it is about not going it alone — or, as the chapter suggests, "Changing I to We." Read the book for more.
Relapse is real for many people on the road of recovery. But "Relapse Isn't a Dirty Word," as the sixth chapter explains. From the experience comes the opportunity to learn what wasn't working and what does. Read the book for more.
If these ideas and phrases and themes sound familiar to you already, that's because each week, I respond to your "Now What?" questions in this space. I don't have all the answers. And mine aren't for everyone.
But so far, they've worked for me in my own life, because a long time ago, my family and I asked the same questions when we didn't know what to do, either.
William Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Foundation and the author of "Broken," his best-selling memoirs. His new book, "Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery," has just been published. Please send your questions to William Moyers at email@example.com. To find out more about William Moyers and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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