Being the Parent of an Addict

Episode 1: Being the Parent of an Addict

“Behind every addict is someone traumatized by loving them”. If you’ve never experienced addiction, these words tend to hang in the air. Poised. Heavy. Looking for somewhere to land. They took my breath away.

Such is the power of talking with this week’s guest, Antonia Rolls. Antonia Rolls is an artist and uses painting and words to explore difficult subjects such as end of life, and addictions.

There is addiction in her family and over the last ten years she has seen how destructive, chaotic and hopeless life with and around addiction can be. She’s just completed the first stage of a project of paintings and words called ‘Addicts And Those Who Love Them’.

Join me for an insightful conversation with this remarkable woman.

In this Episode:

* How to love an addict whilst loving yourself

* Learn about the power of listening to those in trauma

* Transcending emotional scars to help others

* How to act from your heart and truly see people in moments of communal judgement

Behind every addict is someone traumatized by loving them. It is not so simple to just walk away when your addict is your child, your parent, your sibling, your spouse. Love complicates it all, and we are traumatized, and yet we do still love. We have to learn that this love has to start with ourselves, which gives us the courage to create boundaries in order to survive, to detach and keep our sanity.


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Music by Grant McLachlan

Resources for help:

In the UK

Adfam – help for families dealing with drug and alcohol addiction

Al Anon – Family group support alcohol addiction, drug addiction and addictive behaviours

Carers UK – Support for carers

Samaritans – FREE Help – Tel: 116 123, E:

NHS Depression Support Groups

NHS Mental Health Services

The British Psychology Society – Find a Psychologist

Mind – Addiction and Dependency Support

In the USA

National Institute of Mental Health – a range of helplines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Tel: 1-800-273-8255

American Psychologist Association – Psychologist Finder

USA Government – Help for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

In Australia

Beyond Blue – Mental health support

SANE Australia – Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am – 10pm)

Alcohol and Drug Foundation – Help and Support Services

OR Contact medical services in your country.

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