Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Decision for Recovery from Addiction

You can scream.  You can yell.  You can plead.  You can argue.  You can threaten.  You can try to reason the addict you love into recovery.  And none of it will work.

This person is no longer the same spouse you married or the child you raised or the sibling you grew up with.  Drugs and alcohol rewire the brain and change the personality of the addict.  You think you know this person, but you don’t.  Not anymore.  Addiction has turned the one you love into a narcissistic stranger.

The addict is the only one who can make the decision to give up drugs or alcohol and choose recovery.  It doesn’t matter how much you yell, scream, plead, nag, or argue.  It doesn’t matter how much you love the addict in your life.  None of this will “fix” the situation. 

The decision for recovery, especially long-term recovery, belongs to the addict.  No matter how hard you try, you can’t make this decision for your addicted loved one.  That’s not how it works.

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