I’d like to direct your attention to an article written back in 2011 for Social Work Today magazine by Christina Reardon, MSW, LSW. The article is titled, Families and Addiction — Surviving the Season of Stress and can be read in its entirety by clicking the magazine cover, or the title above.
This article has so much useful information for families as the holidays approach.
Highlights of this article include:
- Managing expectations
- Expectations that the addict will be magically “cured” over the holidays will likely cause more stress and frustration
- Handling actively using addicts
- Firm ground rules and expectations of behavior should be set and agreed upon prior to a holiday event, with strict consequences if not met.
- Is this a good time for a family intervention?
- Realize that family gatherings can be very stressful for the addict too
- Supporting the recovering addict
- If alcohol is the problem, refrain from cooking with wine or other liquors or serving candy with alcohol centers.
- Respecting the needs of the addict does not mean everything has to be perfect
- Learning to let go
- Take care of yourself!
- Accept that you are not responsible for whatever happens
Take some time and read through this helpful article. Then start setting your expectations for the upcoming holidays. May they be joyous.
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