Most family members are terrified about the response when neighbors, or the people at church, work, or school find out that their loved one is addicted to drugs. The stigma of drug addiction and the fear of the judgment that comes with having an addict in your family is a very powerful, negative force.
Knowing who to trust with our story, our struggle, our pain and our problem often prevents many parents and loved ones from finding the help they need most to get through our difficulties.
In today’s podcast, I talk about the opportunity that exists in having the courage to be authentic and transparent with those we know and trust. It is in our authenticity and our humility that we put ourselves in position to be real, to be loved, and to be understood.
It takes a great deal of courage to be able to expose our warts and our problems; yet, it is in that release we find honesty and trust and love and support. And, it gives us an opportunity in that humility to be trusted in such a way that we can give back to those around us who have their own secret pain.