Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Bethany Hatton. Bethany, a retired librarian with 32 years of experience, created PreventAddiction.info after her oldest grandson became addicted to opioids. Though she discovered there is no guaranteed way to prevent addiction; she was able to find many helpful resources that can keep the public up to date on the latest prevention, addiction, and recovery information.
There’s an old maxim about drug and alcohol abuse which says that a substance abuser has to hit rock bottom before the process of healing can begin. Many experts in the field of addiction treatment, as well as former substance abusers, dispute that claim. Rather insisting that an individual who has a strong personal support system can make a real difference. It can be very difficult to convince someone to seek treatment for addiction. But it can be done before a loved one bottoms out. It just takes extra love and patience. It’s important to try to make a loved one understand that addiction is a chronic condition. That this is something they will battle for a long time. And that there’s no shame in seeking help for such a persistent and dangerous condition.