Monthly Archives: October 2015

Family Support: Are They Enabling or Loving?

Many people who have abused substances have pushed their families to the limits. They don’t know what to do anymore. Listen in as these members talk about what their families can do to help or hurt their recovery.

Discussion Guide:

Many parents know that they can’t keep their child safe.  But they may feel compelled to tolerate certain behaviors that they perceive as the lesser of the evils. Can you think of examples of trade offs that a parent may make to keep their child alive and functioning?

Where should a family draw the line with helping behaviors?

Are interventions effective?

What about tough love? Is it helpful ?

Should a family member pay for substance abuse treatment?

How many treatments?

At what cost to themselves?

Supplemental Reading:

Enabling Addiction: Are You Loving Someone to Death? at

Five Things Families Can Do to Support Recovery of a Family Member by William L. White at

Are You Switching One Addiction for Another?

Some people think that if you are using Methadone or Buprenorphine you are cheating. You are just switching one addiction for another. Listen in to a group of people who utilize Methadone. Are they addicted to their medication?

Discussion Guide:

Some people have a negative perception of opioid medications. What have you heard and why do you think there is a stigma?

Why would some people believe that you are switching from one addiction to another?

Have you abused Methadone or Buprenorphine? What are the effects?

Methadone and Buprenorphine are recovery tools. Have you over-relied on this tool and ignored the work of recovery? What is the work of recovery?

One definition of addiction is the inability to stop once you start, and continued use in spite of negative consequences. Do you find that you want more and more Methadone or Buprenorphine? Are there negative consequences to your medication?

Does your medication cause a cycle of euphoria, crash and craving for more? Or, does it make you feel stable?

Supplemental Reading:

Is the Use of Medications Like Methadone and Buprenorphine Simply Replacing One Addiction With Another?

Why Are We Replacing One Drug for Another to Treat Addiction?