This is especially true for millennial’s, like me, and the ‘failure to launch’ population. It is an area of recovery most people never focus on. It is not glamorous and it is not where the money is. However, it is just as, if not more important, in helping the addict battle their chronic on-going problem as detox.
Now, under the direction and influence of both Bob Forrest and Dr Drew and in correlation with EIC TV Network, I am creating a series of video blogs that focus on shedding light and understanding on the deadly disease of addiction. The videos are for the recovering addict as well as those in their lives. We hope to show that the addict needs to be treated with respect, but not handled with kid gloves. We have the only disease you can get yelled at for having. Then again, part of our symptoms are lying, cheating, and stealing.
Addiction does not dictate who we are, but it does not justify our actions. We want people to understand that recovery doesn’t happen in 30, 60, or 90 days as we have been led to believe. Recovery takes time. That setting reasonable expectations and a high level of accountability provide the best chance for someone to live a life void of alcohol and drugs.
You can’t expect a 7 year old to turn 21 overnight. But, you can expect that with guidance, support, accountability, love, and a helping hand they WILL get there.