"How do I help my sister/uncle/friend with his/her addiction? How can I support them without 'enabling' them?"
I get this question all the time, and the answer isn't simple, so I did a solocast to give this subject the long answer it deserves.
This podcast is for those of you who have a loved-one or a close friend who is struggling with an addiction.
Covered on this episode - How To Support Someone With An Addiction:
How to assess how ready someone is to change their behavior
Ways to support someone who isn't yet contemplating quitting
How to support someone who is ready to quit and make a change
The balance of maintaining relationship while having boundaries
Addiction as a physical, emotional, and spiritual illness
Treating addiction from a "holistic" perspective
The power of environment and social group on an addiction
The power of "hitting bottom" and what it means and how it works
Interventions and sharing honestly about how someone's behavior affects you
Stacking factors in an intervention to create a breakthrough for an addict
Ego and its relationship to addiction
Group recovery and the power of recovering together
The power of 12 step programs - Fellowship + Structured Spiritual Program
Objections to the 12 step program and classic smoke-screens
The core of recovery: Community that supports recovery + spiritual principles
Healing trauma as a path to healing the addiction
Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Ibogane and other psychedelics for treating addiction and healing trauma.
"The Environmental Cure" and changing location to start over
How to leverage your relationship with someone to help them in crucial moments
Resources to explore:
Dr. Gabor Mate's work
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