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How to Relinquish Your Denial and Stop Enabling Your Addicted Adult Child

How to Relinquish Your Denial and Stop Enabling Your Addicted Adult Child

Truthfully speaking, drug and alcohol addiction is a very difficult problem to say the least, and has risen up to be the now third greatest cause of preventable death in this country, creating something that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now labeled as a full on epidemic. Only smoking and obesity respectively beat drug and alcohol addiction when it comes to the sheer number of deaths caused by the activity. 

Preventable deaths are deaths that can easily be prevented by the person’s own decisions and actions alone. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in this country. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in this country. Drug and alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country, and the family members and loved ones of addicts need to not be enablers and rather need to make a commitment to getting their addicted loved one into treatment.

One of the biggest problems of the 21st century when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is that the single biggest problem of the last almost twenty decades has been with opiate pain drugs. Opiate pain drugs create the biggest, single most problematic addiction crisis issues in this country. A lot of people might not believe this, but the fact of the matter is that opiate pain reliever drugs are the number one addiction problem except for alcohol, which is also a totally legal substance. When people become addicted to legal substances like pills and alcohol, they are very tricky to get to stop abusing those substances because those substances are totally legal. When people get addicted to these drugs, people need to make massive and intensive efforts to get them into a treatment center and must be sure not to enable them.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Trust for American Health, and others have all labeled drug and alcohol addiction as being a serious issue in this crisis that is now a full on epidemic. Some of their findings have pointed in the direction of the family members or loved ones of addicts being a major factor in whether or not a person is able to get help or not, and that the family members and loved ones actually can make a huge difference in an addict’s ability to get clean or not.

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