There is an uncomfortably close link between domestic violence and addiction; substance abuse is often the cause of domestic violence, while domestic violence can just as well cause substance abuse.
Therefore, both substance abuse and domestic violence are considered the cause and effect of the other, and when investigating the one the other should always be considered.
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The holiday season is upon us and to some this means it’s the time for joyful celebrations and festivities. However, for people who are in addiction recovery, this can be a difficult time of year.
Often, these celebrations take place as social gatherings accompanied by food and alcohol and sometimes even other illegal and harmful substances.
Manipulation comes in many forms and is used by all kinds of people for many reasons. Emotional manipulation in particular is a strong point in people who have some form of addiction.
When dealing with an addict’s manipulative behaviour, it is important to bear in mind that addiction causes people to act outside of reason and logic.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me how 2016 was not their year. But for me, it was one of the most exciting and enlightening years that I’ve ever had.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t filled with overseas trips or big fancy events, and it certainly wasn’t smooth all the way.
But last year, was a year of self-discovery and inner growth.
From an outsider’s point of view, it may seem as if addiction only affects the person who is addicted. However, an addiction destroys a family just as much as it destroys the person addicted.
What people don’t see, is how mentally and emotionally exhausting it is to live with an addict.
Members of the family are often torn between trying to help their addicted loved one and how to avoid being used by the addicted love one.
Addiction is the addict’s disease; co-dependency is the family’s disorder.
In the last article we discussed enabling an addict and briefly touched on the overlapping likelihood of an addict’s family’s needing co-dependency recovery.
In this article we will be exploring co-dependency and detachment with love.
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