Families struggling with substance abuse disorder frequently deal with uncertainty and sadness in their lives. The holiday season, with its expectation for all things being “merry and bright,” can add to the stress for families struggling with this systems disease.
The image of a penny can capture the experience of families dealing with addiction. The face side of the penny is the face of the loved one struggling with the fall-out from the disease of addiction. That can be the person in active addiction or a family member. Statistically for every one person struggling with the disease there are four people directly impacted by their addiction-fueled choices. The tails side of the penny holds the image of a shield – a symbol of those practices that can support and comfort a family as they seek a lasting recovery solution.
Groups such as Ala-non, faith fellowships, counseling resources and guidance from recovery professionals can help family members deal with the stresses of the holiday season. Spiritual practices, such as prayer and meditation, and can also help families hold onto the hope that recovery is always possible.
A DEEPER LOOK
What shields your peace of mind as you deal with substance use disorder in your family?
What are some practices that offer you comfort during the holiday season?
How can you put these practices in place during these busy weeks of the holiday season?
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Nancy is co-author of Unchained: Our Family’s Addiction Mess Is Our Message.