Dealing With Anger Toward an Addict

husband pointing and angry at wife

If you love an addict, one emotion you’re sure to feel a lot of is anger. Addiction drives people to cross boundaries. They’ll take, then take some more. They’ll test your patience and your love. They’ll ask for forgiveness and promise not to repeat their mistakes. Then, they’ll do it all over again.  Continue reading

How to Talk to a Loved One in Recovery

young man talking to his female significant other and holding her hand

By Michael Desjardins, APRN PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Supervisor

Loving someone in recovery is difficult. While you feel relieved that they’re sober, the fear of relapse may always be in the back of your mind. You wonder if they’ll revert to old, destructive patterns. You worry about whom they spend their time with and whether they’ll slip up if they attend that concert or go to that party. You may feel uneasy bringing up these concerns for fear of alienating them or triggering them.

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How to Talk to a Loved One in Recovery

African-American father talking seriously to son

By Michael Desjardins, APRN PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Supervisor

Loving someone in recovery is difficult. While you feel relieved that they’re sober, the fear of relapse may always be in the back of your mind. You wonder if they’ll revert to old, destructive patterns. You worry about whom they spend their time with and whether they’ll slip up if they attend that concert or go to that party. You may feel uneasy bringing up these concerns for fear of alienating or triggering them.

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