I appreciated your show on ADDICTION today. Great - love hearing the message of recovery getting out there!
As the wife of an addict/alcoholic, and the mother of the children of that alcoholic/addict, I would love to hear a show that covers the effects of that disease on the friends and family. 1 addict= 5 affected, not to mention his family and my family members.
AA is a huge group; Al-Anon should be 5 times as large; the message is hard to hear, but addiction affects us, as well. We lie to ourselves, we become numb to that pain and its effect on our lives. We isolate out of shame, we manipulate in an attempt to fix and control situations, we become adept at justifying, and we come to believe it "they just did what we told them", things would turn around. There is no drug, no bottle of alcohol, no bet to make...yet we carry the effects of addiction deep into our lives.
Maybe I've just described some unhappy person you know... chances are that that person has a addict/alcoholic as a friend or family member in their life. No one bats an eye that that could be true, but why blame that crazy behavior on the alcoholic?
It is an interesting topic for me, but I know that most people who need to hear it won't be able to take in the message because I was there, in that self-righteous all-knowing foggy pain-filled place. I still think it is important to discuss it in our community to 1. get rid of the shame and stigma of loving (or at least in continuing a relationship with) an alcoholic/addict, and 2. to give people tools and skills that we don't usually learn in our homes but which are needed to not just cope, but thrive, despite the disease in our homes.
Thanks. Its a great show, and your questions go right to the heart of the matter.