It’s a scientific law in the universe and that law includes every part of your life... from the work you do, to your family, friends and other people and your own opinion of yourself.
You are responsible for your own life. You create your own life. Every thought and word and action that you have also has an equal reaction.
While you are running around worrying about and cleaning up after other's addictive messes, you probably have lost focus on other areas of your life.
When you constantly put other's needs first, you may think you are being a good person, but you are really just hurting yourself, your family and breeding resentment.
You need to have a life that is as normal as possible, no matter what others are doing.
•Maintain normal family activities – church, school plays, baseball practice, etc.•Eat your meals together•Get plenty of sleep and exercise•Visit with family and friends – don’t isolate yourself•Keep an eye on your health – stress can damage your immune system•Practice stress-reducing techniques – yoga, meditation, etc.
It’s important to fully understand the disease concept of addiction, because then you can step away from the “shame and blame game”, where often resent forms for some supposed moral weakness or, alternatively, shoulder the blame and responsibility yourself.
When you treat addiction as a medical illness, you understand that it is no one’s fault. Instead of focusing on the afflicted person, you can begin to focus on the disease and on strategies for successful management.