Addiction and Recovery
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (for example, alcohol, opiates, nicotine) or engages in an activity (such as gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continuation of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities and concerns, such as work, relationships, or health.
People who have developed an addiction may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.
I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. My first job was working with heroin addicts at a Methodone Maintenance Program. I quickly learned how easy it is to get sucked into being manipulated. That lesson has served me well since then.
Setting clear boundaries is so important when in relationship with someone with an addiction.
It's a neccessity if you're the one with the addiction.
Boundaries create discomfort. Recovery means getting more comfortable with discomfort. It means having the patience to cope with your discomfort.
One step at a time.
Tell the Truth. Honesty is the bedrock of recovery.
Without honesty or self reflection or being willing to change, nothing much is going to be different for you.
Try it. You might like it.