Listen Up, "This Is Us" Rebecca: Addiction Is Rarely "Convenient" & Will Always Be a Battle! by Heather Murphy-Fritz
At a pivotal moment during "This Is Us" this week, Rebecca (played by Mandy Moore) stated to her husband that his alcoholism kept resurfacing at "convenient" times. This is a common thought among the friends and family of addicts. Addiction is a complex disease and has roots in the brain, environment and unhealthy coping skills.
One of the tenets of a 12-step program is learning how to accept life on life's terms. This may seem relatively simple to someone on the outside looking in; however, it is Mt. Everest to someone seeking recovery from addiction. The stressors and demons they have been repressing will quickly and violently come to the surface as they have voluntarily removed their primary coping skill: using a substance. Rebecca, it's time to visit Al-Anon.org.
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