Helping Addicts and Those Who Love Them
Courtesy of Christian Newswire
CBN.com ENUMCLAW, Wash. — In a society drenched in drugs and alcohol, addiction takes its toll on families far and wide. Sadly, believers are not exempt from the ravages of a sin-soaked culture, and any one family member's decent into the abyss of abuse pulls at the fabric of the whole, spiraling it out of control.
Author Jean Cassidy strikes a clear path for the recovering--or would-be-free alcoholic and the well- meaning (but often ignorant) enablers in the family. When her husband slowly slipped into alcoholism, Cassidy slipped into "coverups" that kept bad patterns going.
"When he was angry with the children, I would tell them he was sick. When he could not go to work, I called his employer. My motive was to 'keep the peace' in our home. Not once did I blame his drinking," says Cassidy. "The plain truth was simple, nonetheless imprisoning," notes the author. "Scotty was addicted to alcohol--and I was addicted to him...." The desperate mother of four finally sought help to change her enabling approach to "helping" her husband.
Breaking the dance of co-dependency, Jean now offers readers an inside look at the painful road of alcohol and relationship addiction in the family. Her saga tells how God led her husband, and then Cassidy family members--to AA and Al Anon 12-Step recovery programs--and also to Himself. Still, implementing new behaviors and "fessing up" to mistakes was tough at times, says Jean.
"I learned to let people own their own personal issues and become responsible for them. I saw that 'letting go' is the most loving action I can take, in addition to praying. No, I was not giving up on others, but I was giving them to the Lord now," she explains.
Jean's roadmap for parenting changed during her and Scotty's recovery, as well. Her new rules are mirrored in the simple, wise conclusions she reached on her agonizing journey, shared here: "Love your spouse. Respect each other. Be a healthy, godly role model for your children. Love and serve God."
Husbands and wives in trouble--and every family that's struggled to regain balance and wellness when ravaged by a loved-one's addictive disease--will cherish the inspiring, practical message here: "If You Do the Difficult, God Will Do the Impossible for you!"
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