Addiction Studies

Understanding Addiction

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July 2017

How Family Members Of Substance Abuse Addicts Make It Through


Families with a member having issues with substance addiction often hear, “You are one the greatest encouragements in that person’s life.” But then you are told, “You didn’t trigger it. You can’t heal it, and you can’t control it.” According to Steven Gifford, LICDC, LPC, “For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment.”

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