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When Someone You Love Has an Addiction

Article from Hey Sigmund by Karen Young

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Karen Young says, "The fallout from an addiction, for addicts and the people who love them, is devastating – the manipulations, the guilt, the destruction of relationships and the breakage of people.When addicts know they are loved by someone who is invested in them, they immediately have fuel for their addiction. Your love and your need to bring them safely through their addiction might see you giving money you can’t afford, saying yes when that yes will destroy you, lying to protect them, and having your body turn cold with fear from the midnight ring of the phone. You dread seeing them and you need to see them, all at once."

This article explains what it means to love someone who is an addict, and gives tips on what you can do to support them without supporting their addiction.


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addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, family, Friend, Love, Psychology, Relationship