There are very prevalent and generalized misunderstandings and demonizations in our society about substance use disorder and mental illness.
Family members are often labeled as enablers when their behavior is seen to soften the negative consequences of addiction for their loved one.
The family doesn’t always provide the healthiest support system.
Many words about addiction carry negative connotations. Calling someone a junkie, loser, scumbag, or addict—or calling a loved one an enabler—can cause real and lasting harm.
There is no room for both of us in this tiny room formed by grief, but the elephant is massive and stronger than I.
A woman told me how she had told friends and family her son died from asthma. In truth he was a drug addict, and that had been too hard for her to admit.
Another perspective on Father’s Day.