When bridges get broken, the damage is hard to repair. Dealing with a loved one’s addiction and watching them destroy their own lives with chemical dependency is extremely traumatic, as you can personally attest if you’ve experienced this in your own life. You probably have friends whose parents never recovered from drug and alcohol abuse, and they’ve waited their whole lives for their parents to make amends with them, but that moment never came. Perhaps you project their experience onto your own, as you wonder if you’ll ever get to repair the relationships you’ve damaged when you were battling your own demons.
Regardless of what’s happened in the past, you can do something about the future of your relationships when you learn the skills of making amends in a dual diagnosis treatment program.
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