How Much Help is Too Much?

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When we love an addict, how do we love them and still protect ourselves from the hurt?

How do you love safely? How do you love without hurting the addict?

In the story “Unicorn” this was a problem for Amelia’s mother and sister.



A Telling Obituary

After a young man’s death came from a drug overdose, his family wrote an obituary that has sent shock and awe throughout the internet…


After a young man’s death came from a drug overdose, his family wrote an obituary that has sent shock and awe throughout the internet. Clay Shepard was a 22-year-old, North Caroline resident who was well-liked by all. Another thing he had going for him was a family that loved him dearly. What this family wanted to do by writing this obituary is to warn and give advice to some people that might be struggling with the same sort of issues. Sometimes a loving family might not be enough to fight the intense battle that addiction brings.


Our charismatic and beautiful son and brother died Sunday morning from a drug overdose. Clay was the youngest of four children, raised in a loving home in Apex with two brothers and one sister. Outwardly Clay looked like he had it all: Intelligence, confidence, athletic ability, height, beautiful blue eyes, broad smile, fantastic wit…

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Unicorn: Addiction, Guilt and a Decision That Will Change Her Life


Scarlet has the life most only dream about—she travels the world, she makes plenty of money and she has the best friend anyone could ask for.

But, piece by piece, her world is falling apart because of her damaged family, years of resentment and her sister’s drug and alcohol addiction. Scarlet tries to keep it together, but when her sister desperately needs help, Scarlet has to make a decision that will change every part of her life. Unicorn is a story of internal struggle, choices, and a broken family.


I’ve seen the destruction and pain that drug and alcohol addiction causes.

I’ve experienced the crazy-making behavior addicts inflict on family and friends.

But I’ve also witnessed the miracles of sobriety.


I wrote this story for family and friends of alcoholics and addicts. Loving an addicted person is frustrating, lonely, and can lead to our own destruction. Stay strong.                   –L.E. Get

Depression (psych labels in general) reflect the dis-ease of civilization

If addiction is sometimes caused by depression, this video might help.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Depression---what-is-itDepression (psych labels in general) reflect the dis-ease of civilization: we are disconnected from who we are in multiple ways

I’m republishing this as it’s another post that looks at a foundational social aspect to that which gets labeled pathological by psychiatry. This also supports the collection here: there is no such thing as a monolithic state called depression

Dr. Stephen Ilardi is a professor of clinical psychology and the author of The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University in 1995, and has since served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and (presently) the University of Kansas. The author of over 40 professional articles on mental illness, Dr. Ilardi is a nationally recognized expert on depression.

Hat tip for the video from Mad in America: Living in an age of melancholy: When society…

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