Are some people beyond hope for recovery?:
Q: Are some people beyond hope for recovery?
A. Almost never.
Other than a very small percentage of those who are severely mentally ill—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 epiphany—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.”
> Audible Audio Download (LISTEN TO 4 MIN. SAMPLE)
Relapse. It Happens. ~by Joe Herzanek
Addiction Recovery Resources for Families of Substance Abusers, Addicts and Alcoholics
MORE ASK JOE:
> Can a person just cut down on their drinking?
> Do you have to stop seeing all your old friends in order to recover?
> Does heavy use of alcohol and drugs create addiction?
>Chronic Pain Management & Pain Pill Addiction: What to do?
>Should my husband “back off?”
>Gambling vs. Drug Addiction? What is your opinion?
>How can I tell if someone is an addict/alcoholic or just a heavy user?
>What is Methadone? What is Harm Reduction?
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