The FFA News Letters
What To Do If Someone You Love Is An Alcoholic Or Addict
If you are new to the concept of addiction as a disease, this can be a real tough subject. As more information on
the disease of addiction gets revealed to all of us, the way to deal with addicts and alcoholics will
be up for debate by those who have to deal with them.
This, of course includes the families of the afflicted. But it also includes the doctors, lawyers, law enforcement
officials, social workers, counselors, therapists, judges, paramedics, members of MADD
and many others. All these and many others want some input on the issue and it can be hard to know what to
do if someone YOU love is addicted to a substance.
The best advice that I can give is to go to the professionals that have been dealing with this successfully longer
than anyone else. The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous has been at it longer than
anyone, and in my experience, are very helpful when asked. If a pro is needed, then it makes sense to consult
with someone who does this for a living.
Just like you call an accountant for tax issues, calling a counselor or therapist who specializes in addiction
makes a lot of sense. Many people are afraid of the stigma that goes with making the call, but realize
that addiction is the most deadly disease known to man. Wouldn't it be better to know if your loved
one needs real help instead of trying to run a treatment center or sober living environment out of your own
You can find more resources on our
Also, my new CD entitled What To Do If Someone You Love Is An Addict Or Alcoholic is available and is a
wealth of knowledge for those confused, worried, or just interested on this subject.
Paul A. Adamski
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