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Question for Josh: Can I Help Addicted Family Members?

I’m in a family full of people addicted to drugs or alcoholics, and I don’t know how to help them. My Aunt is constantly in and out of rehab, and my mom, while clean for now, always goes back to drugs and alcohol. Is there a point where I need to cut them off completely or do I stay beside them and watch them ruin their life? I remember when I was little my mom had the same problems. But I don’t know what I can do when they never listen to me. What should I do?

1 thought on “Question for Josh: Can I Help Addicted Family Members?”

  1. There is only so much we can do to save others before we are lighting ourselves on fire to keep them warm. Please make sure that you are taking into account your own emotions and energy when taking care of others. If you feel like you’ve exhausted all avenues of intervention, you may want to take some time to regroup. Sending positive thoughts to your mother and aunt, hoping that they are able to make the difficult first step towards recovery soon.

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