Alicia is a loving wife and mother, but she’s dealt with the addiction of loved ones her entire life. Alicia and her husband have been together for almost 20 years, and it wasn’t until their daughter was born that she realized that he was struggling with an addiction. On the day their daughter was born, her husband, Jeff, experienced his first overdose in the hospital. Unbeknownst to Alicia, Jeff had a problem with the powerful prescription opioid OxyContin.
Much like many other people in this situation, Alicia didn’t know what to do, and it let her slip into a state of denial. She thought that there was no way her husband, the father of her daughter, could have an addiction. Because of this, she was enabling her husband without even realizing it, and it wasn’t until his addiction got worse that she decided to do something. Now that her husband was bringing his using friends over, it was time for Alicia to set boundaries and educate herself about addiction.
When Jeff entered treatment, Alicia attended the family program to learn more about addiction. She began to understand that Jeff wasn’t a bad person, but he was a person who was suffering from the disease of addiction. By learning about the disease of addiction, Alicia was able to develop compassion for her husband’s situation, but she also learned how to set up healthy boundaries.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that by acknowledging that addiction is a disease, the person with the addiction will use it as an excuse. Alicia explains how learning about addiction empowered her and helped her set boundaries with Jeff so she could support his recovery while also taking care of her and her daughter’s well-being.
Today, Alicia has an entire tool kit that she uses to help her manage life although her husband has bounced in and out of recovery. She uses what she’s learned to help educate and empower other individuals who are affected by a loved one’s addiction.
Alicia will be holding workshops at EndureLV starting November 15, 2018 from 6PM – 7PM. You can learn more about this 10-session workshop by clicking here.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call EndureLV at 775-372-8329 or email us at email@example.com