By Beverly Conyers
Witnessing the habit of a friend or family member is a heart-rending adventure. yet wish can be successful, as proven during this compelling new booklet. the following, the gripping tales of fathers, moms, sons, and daughters of addicts provide very important classes on loving, detachment, intervention, and self care.
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They eventually moved in with friends for a short time and then to the back of their car, a small station wagon. By that time they had lost or sold most of their possessions. 19 20 Addict in the Family Only a few items of clothing and some bedding remained. My daughter always wore the same long-sleeved shirt stained with sweat; the cuffs and sleeves were speckled with dots and streaks of blood. Her shoes smelled like rotten meat. Yet when I confronted her about her situation, she insisted that nothing was wrong.
The result is a feeling of euphoria, a “rush” or “high” so powerful that addicted 41 42 Addict in the Family laboratory rats will ignore food and work themselves to death to obtain drugs. Unfortunately for addicts, the feeling of intense pleasure is only a temporary consequence of repeated use. A more lasting—and damaging—consequence is that the number of dopamine receptors may be reduced as the brain attempts to regain its equilibrium. Research suggests that the more an addictive substance is used, the more dopamine receptors are destroyed.
But as a manipulative tool to enable them to continue using, it is very effective. b e h av i o r s t h at ar e s ym p to m at i c o f a d d i c t i on In my experience, denial, dishonesty, and manipulation are the behaviors most fundamental to addiction. They are the behaviors addicts call on time and again in the all-consuming effort to get drugs, use drugs, and conceal the addiction from others. These behaviors become like second nature, helping the addiction take root and blossom. However, there are other behaviors associated with addiction that are often more readily apparent and that make the experience of dealing with addicts confusing, even bizarre.