Q: Are some people beyond hope for recovery?
A. Almost never.
Other than a very small percentage of those who are severely mentally illâ€”I would say no. For every pathetic story of a life that appears beyond hope, there is also an equally dramatic story of recovery.
What can happen is that some people may be beyond help. What I mean is that at some point the helper will need to step back and let the person experience their own epiphanyâ€”and too much helping can have the opposite effect.
If helping turns to continued rescuing, the person never learns to solve his or her problems and becomes dependent on the helper.
Getting an addiction professional involved for objective advice is important for tougher cases. It is important for the friend not only to get the advice, but to follow it as well.
Never give up hope.
This “Q & A with Chaplain Joe Herzanek” is excerpted from Part 5 of:
“Why Don’t They Just Quit? Hope for families struggling with addiction.”
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MORE ASK JOE:
> Can a person just cut down on their drinking?
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