Misconception #5. Families must walk away from their addict

From my son, I learned that the knowledge that our family was waiting for him when he got healthy was an important part of his recovery. He knew that when he made the decision to live a sober life, we would be at his side. 

My reflection: Years ago, a recovering alcoholic at San Patrignano in Italy taught me the meaning of stagli vicino (stay close to him). He counseled me to stay close, but out of the chaos of my son’s addiction. 

Today’s Promise to consider: Addiction is a family disease and we are all involved, hurt and traumatized. Through it all, family can be part of the healing, a part of the medicine of recovery, keeping in mind that boundaries are important for all of us. Every day signifies the right to choose again – and again.


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THANK YOU Too much anger and hate towards the one who is suffering….A parent must always be there for their child….especially when they are struggling with the decision of becoming sober…The hardest step towards recovery is the first one…even if it is taken a 1000 times….


This the fìrst really happy photo of you all. What a joy to see.
Bravi to all of you for getting through such an ordeal. …what courage


This photo of your family in Hawaii is so full of joy and obvious health! How beautiful to see life in all your eyes. Thank you for all the wisdom and love, Libby. So appreciated.