I believe that it’s vitally important for counselors – whether working in the addictions field or not – to know how to most effectively help the loved ones of those with addictions. They need help equally as much as the addicts they love.
I don’t believe that anyone chooses to become an addict. But when addicts ultimately know they have a problem – as they all do, in time – that is where the choice point lies. Will they choose to get help or to remain in active addiction?
I have been an addictions therapist for more than 20 years. I work primarily with the loved ones of addicts – because there continue to be too few resources for them, and they often suffer just as much as the addicts they so dearly love.
In our last issue of the Adler School’s Gemeinschaftsgefühl magazine, we profiled the work and words of Marni Rosen, a 2011 graduate of …