We had another wonderful “kitchen table” discussion this past Wednesday, July 24th. After welcoming two new participants, we shared with each other why we come to Daybreak Project meetings. In sharing pieces of our stories, it became clear that we all had the same thing in common: We have someone close to us in our lives who is or has struggled with the use and misuse of substances. It’s easy to bond with each other around that circumstance as evidenced by the frequent head nodding as we all listen to each other.
This evening we also talked about the importance of having a plan, ahead of time, when or if our loved one struggles, or has a set back. The nature of a substance use disorder is like many other illnesses. Much like cancer and MS, substance use disorders are relapsing and remitting conditions. Making and communicating a plan of response or action has a way of mitigating the worry we sometimes go through as we watch our loved ones navigate their toehold into sobriety or abstinence for just short periods of time or for even longer periods of time, too include years. Preparation and action (a plan) is the antidote for worry!
If you would like more information about the meeting or the information we went over, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. My phone number, e-mail address and a confidential e-mail submission form are all on the Contact page of this website.