What Do You Wish You Knew About Your Loved One’s Addiction?

November 10, 2023
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You may have heard me say this before, but literally every teaching we teach at Tipping Point Recovery came out of direct conversations with families, treatment centers, and individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) we work with (because we work with all three).

A favorite of these teachings is the webinar, “Dear Family, If I Relapse, Please Do This” (this is available in the guides section of our Friends of Tipping Point online community).

I am updating this webinar and I’d like to invite your help.

The Ask

I’ll be gathering a group together on Zoom in the next couple of weeks to talk about what I wish my family knew, and I want to learn what things you wish you knew about your loved one’s addiction, either now or, if they’re in recovery, back when they were struggling.

Will you join this conversation and help us uplevel the curriculum?

Your name won’t be shared publicly, and neither will the Zoom recording. This meeting will just be a chance for us to dive into this material together and get to the heart of what families most need to know from and about their loved ones.

Things like…

If I relapse

  1. Don’t give me money.
  2. Be honest with me about how my addiction and behavior is impacting you.
  3. Don’t allow me to mistreat you in any way.

We’ll talk in depth about these and the other principles from the original webinar, as well as discuss any others.

What do you wish you knew?

If you’d like to join me for this Zoom meeting, email me at to let me know, and I’ll send you the meeting time and link.

If you don’t want to be on the call but still want to contribute, drop the things you wish you knew in the comments below or send them along in an email. I welcome your input however you feel comfortable sharing it.

Before we go…

I want to leave you with something that I know for a fact your loved one wants you to know. I know because every one of the thousands of addicts I’ve talked to would agree with it:

“I am truly, truly sorry. I don’t mean what I’m doing. I don’t want to hurt you. I’m dying inside. I’m shriveling up. There’s nothing left of me. I’m in so much pain. The words that come out of my mouth are a reflection of how I feel on the inside. Everything that’s happening around me is a reflection of what’s going on inside of me. So I need you to protect yourself from that. I only need one thing: treatment. But the problem is I have a treatment-resistant illness. So I want you to get the help you need to get me the help I need so that we can all get better.”

Help us help you. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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