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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:20 pm 
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Coach Boundless sent me a link to this article. It is worth a read. First, it sounds like the program at the CMC is similar to health based recovery offered here. Second, there are bits in the article that offer insight in things like creating healthy boundaries. For example, in addressing the term "enabling", they highlight the distinction between giving a person with a substance use disorder money (in which case they could go and buy their drug of choice) or giving them a drive to soccer practice (a healthy activity). Both are "helping" behaviours, but one potentially supports unhealthy behaviour. As partners of persons with addiction, we have to be responsible for our own choices and learning to distinguish between healthy helping behaviour and "enabling" helping behaviour is very useful, indeed. (This is what I took from it anyway, and a new book to add to my library!)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/nyreg ... ticle&_r=0

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:12 am 
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I agree with supporting healthy behaviors and setting the example along with boundaries that are enforced with love rather than lecturing when it comes to our children and young adults or adult adults. We recently had a tragedy in our town that, from my perspective, occurred because a local philanthropist gave out money quite freely to known addicts and was known for being a soft touch in the local drug culture. His life ended when he refused someone.

Tough love is hard and we each define for ourselves. I'm glad to see an alternative approach - hope it works.

Nellie


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