April 23, 2009
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Thank you author and speaker Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles for this regular series sharing her decades long experience of dealing with family alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Click here to see the rest of the series.
By way of background…
If a loved one enters a residential treatment program – it usually lasts around 28 days. At the end of treatment, clients are encouraged to go to an SLE – Sober Living Environment. That can be their home (as long as all alcohol has been removed and all persons in the home agree to abstain from drinking) or it can be a treatment center sponsored SLE (usually a home in a residential neighborhood where other clients also reside, along with an employee of the treatment center).
Now to my experience…
I’d told my loved one of my fears about what might happen if he insisted on coming home as his SLE, instead of following the treatment center’s recommendation and going to one of theirs.
Yet, when the time came, he started doing that “thing” he did, and I started doing that “thing” I did. He with that “I’m so sorry” expression, pressing me to let him come to our home instead of a treatment center SLE, to let him do what he wanted – playing on the notion that if I loved him, I would. And there I was acting on my feeling that I needed to somehow make it okay for him because if I loved him, I should. After all, he’d stopped drinking, gone into rehab – what more could I want or expect him to do? But I wasn’t ready. I was scared – what if I didn’t do what he needed done and he relapsed. And I was enjoying not having the constant worry about “what if…”.
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March 30, 2009
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Saying that over two million teens suffer from clinical depression, a government panel is urging doctors to screen kids annually. My problem with this is not a dispute with the statistic because I think you can probably find the same signs in any segment of the population- but I worry about what they plan to do with these millions once they are identified.
As it is right now antidepressants are the most highly prescribed drugs in America- in fact, most doctors are more concerned about under-prescribing when it comes to adults. Even now antidepressants are used without proper therapy and follow-up; patients begin to rely on the drugs to gloss over their problems instead of using them as a tool for recovery. In my humble opinion the dangers are much greater for those teens with undeveloped brains and coping skills. Throw 2 million more into the system and what happens? The obvious.
Most pediatricians aren’t trained to do psychotherapy, but they can prescribe depression medication and monitor patients they’ve referred to others for therapy, he said. ~ emphasis mine
I don’t like the direction this is going.