There are a couple of things to know about getting help for a loved one for alcohol or drug problems; and it can get tricky. The good news is that treatment is effective and there is always hope of change. Once the problem is identified, it is important to understand the severity and breadth of the issue as these may range from mild to severe problems. Other issues, such as co-occurring mental health problems, financial problems, grief/loss, and employment stress, can further complicate the situation. Therefore, not everyone needs the same amount, and the same type of intervention and treatment.
What is a “happy couple?” A couple that never fights? For whom everything is sunshine and rainbows, negotiating life’s turns with ease and grace? Does this fabled couple exist? Perhaps it is more fitting to seek resiliency as a couple.
Mister Rogers compared the word “love” to the word “struggle,” in that it is an active noun. We must work at love. I doubt it comes easy to any couple. Perhaps the “happy couple” is the couple that can negotiate life’s clumsy turns and still come out the other side liking each other. Maybe they even come out the other side stronger from the ordeal.
In my former career doing television graphics, there used to be what was called a KISS rule. This was an acronym for “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” I found this to be not only useful when creating graphics, but for everyday life as well. And as the holidays approach, it is even more relevant.
Simplicity. Easy to talk about, hard to come by these days. There are so many demands on our time and energy, especially this time of year. We may even find some of the demands pleasing,
Many people do not know that addictions to gambling can be a real problem that can be as destructive as addictions to substances like alcohol and drugs. Gambling addictions are “process addictions” that have impact on brain function and can become just as overpowering. What has occurred more recently is the availability of modalities where people can get into trouble has increased. In previous times, an individual with a predisposition or vulnerability to gamble