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AskanAddict.com is intended to provide addiction support and advice in a non-judgmental way so that the addict or anyone else that's been affected by an addict will know there are many who understand and eliminate the feeling of being alone. Ask an Addict knows it may be hard to talk with family and friends as many times they just don’t understand. Many have fractured those important relationships in life during active addiction. When it comes to seeking information, likeness, and establishing a strong recovery program who better to ask then someone who has been there! At Ask an Addict we listen and learn, together. Whether your an addict, a recovering addict or have been affected by an addict, we all have that common denominator of addiction.

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Have posted this before, but it's still helpful. (This is where the Ability to Make Paragraphs Again would be helpful.) DO YOU NEED NAR-ANON? (A Questionnaire for Parents, Spouse, Relatives, Friends, etc.) 1.Do you find yourself making excuses, lying, or covering up for your addict? 2.Do you have reason not to trust the addict in your life? 3.Is it becoming difficult for you to believe his/her explanations? 4.Do you lie awake worrying about the addict in your life? 5.Is this person missing school often without your knowledge? 6.Is this person missing work and the bills piling up? 7.Are the savings mysteriously missing? 8.Are the unanswered questions causing hostility and undermining your relationship or marriage? 9.Are you asking yourself "What's Wrong?" and "Is it my fault?" 10.Are your suspicions turning you into a detective and are you afraid of what you might find out? 11.Are normal family disagreements becoming hostile and violent? 12.Are you canceling social functions with vague excuses? 13.Are you becoming increasingly reluctant to invite friends to your home? 14.Is concern for your spouse, child or friend causing you headaches, a knotty stomach and extreme anxiety? 15.Is your spouse, child or friend easily irritated by minute matters? Does your whole life seem a nightmare? 16.Are you unable to discuss the situation with friends or relatives because of the embarrassment? 17.Are your attempts at control frustrating? 18.Do you over compensate and try not to make waves? 19.Do you keep trying to make things better and nothing helps? 20.Is the lifestyle of this person changing? Do you ever think they may be using drugs? If you have answered YES to four or more of these questions, NAR-ANON may be able to give you the answers you are looking for.

Posted: 10/19/2014 5:34 PM

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Where there is life, there is hope
My AD has gone to detox. She was worse than I have ever seen her, barely able to stand on her own. This is a testament to the progressive killing nature of this disease. Again, helping her to get funding, as she has no insurance, took every advocacy skill I know, and thirty years in advocacy has given me a good bit of knowledge. She wanted this. She asked me to help. All these years, ten of them, I am different. No begging. No forcing. No cajoling. I, no, we, my husband and I told her: if you want help getting to rehab, let us know. Otherwise leave us alone. And her current beau told her the same thing. As did the friend she sometimes stays with. The only one who did not tell her this was the evil pimp ex bf who of course, bought her H. And regarding that horrible person? I have realized that he is not worth hating, not with condemning, not worth damning. He is evil. Evil is already damned. So I am here again, with a little tiny bit of hope. I am not planning a funeral, which I truly believe I would have been, had she not gone on Friday. I am at rest that I have done all I can. I am powerless over all the facets of her disease. I can only control myself.

Posted: 10/19/2014 8:43 PM

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