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Home Knowledge Center Substance Use DisordersLoving Yourself While Loving Someone with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Seminar | April 2022

Loving Yourself While Loving Someone with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) 

Date: April 20, 2022

Presenter: Dana Golden, Author; Addiction Rescue; The NO-BS Guide to Recovery—by Dana Golden and David Marion, The Life Recovery Coach

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This presentation focuses on the loved ones feeling the effects of someone else’s substance use disorder. All too often, when a loved one is suffering, the first and most instinctive response is to help, to relieve the pain, and to find answers to “fixing” the problem. What’s important to remember, however, is that the only control the family member or friend has is over themselves; they have no control over substance use disorder. Taking care of and focusing on self is the only place a difference can be made for everyone in the situation. The loved ones will learn where they can make an impact and what they can do to help relieve the anxiety, frustration, and helplessness they may be feeling in dealing with a loved one with SUD.

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