What the addict in your life needs from you

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  • SomeClarityPlease Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2017 9:39 a.m.

    I say go back to tough love, but do it with very tough laws. Do some quick internet research and you will see the United States is very soft. The soft approach is frequently favored by professionals and organizations that are just looking for job security.

  • lets be mature Meridian/USA, ID
    April 30, 2017 7:57 p.m.

    @at long last

    We don't leave them to suffer consequences because God doesn't do that with us.

  • Cindy SJ South Jordan, UT
    April 28, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    Thank you; this article has inspired me to help more actively and regularly. I am 63 years old, clean and sober for 12+ years, just a regular old housewife, married, 6 kids (none of them are drug addicts), never lived on the street or killed anybody, and don't worry, 'at long last', every single one of "us" suffer our very own consequences.............for the rest of our lives. What ever happened to non-judgmental on the surface alone?..........particularly without sufficient personal education on the subject. God Bless ALL of us who live and breathe!

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 27, 2017 9:17 p.m.

    How about let people suffer the consequences of their actions? Nearly all actions an individual takes in his life have reasonable predictable results. Why not allow the normal reasonable and logical results to occur? Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 27, 2017 6:06 p.m.

    Rehabilitating addicts is an extremely tough, long process with limited success. Even then, long term consequences remain.

    We need to find a better way to prevent drug and alcohol addiction in the first place. What we are doing now is not working. Imagine how much time and treasure it would save society if we could prevent these addictions. They are a terrible drain on the justice system, healthcare system, social welfare system, etc, etc.

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    April 27, 2017 10:28 a.m.

    Thank you so much for this article. Addiction is so hard to understand for those whose lives have been touched by it. People struggle everyday with the decision to use or not to use and need all the help they can get. That said family members have to be strong and remember to take care of themselves first or they will not be able to take of others. It's a horrible battle and God bless those who have made it to the other side.