Saturday, June 02, 2007

Convincing loved ones to get help

This is probably one of the hardest things in the world to do. Family always thinks you're coming down hard on them or passing judgement on them, even when you aren't. At the same time, it's hard to stand by and watch someone make mistake after mistake and not say anything.

My aunt passed away and left a large sum of money to her daughter. The daughter never wanted for anything in her life, but the temptation of the money was too much for her. She got hooked on drugs and squandered all of the money. Eventually we convinced her to go to drug rehab, but it was not easy. It took several years for her to see the light. She also had to hit rock-bottom before she realized that she indeed have a problem.

How do you know if someone needs help? I took this quote from the website: "If an addict cannot break free from the destructive and life threatening patterns of drug and alcohol addiction, they and/or others may suffer and die needlessly and harshly". If this sounds like someone you know, I urge you to get them help. It won't be easy, but you'll be glad you did it.

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