The Jerod Killick Podcast
About This Show
With frequent appearance by co-host Liz Garrett, the Jerod Killick Podcast promotes lifestyle transformation through physical fitness, emotional well-being, and plant-based vegan nutrition. We acknowledge the bio-psycho-social nature of sustainable change, and provide tangible strategies for tackling the complex dynamics between physical illness, addiction, mental health. Podcast based out of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. Learn more at www.jerodkillick.ca.
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My Partner Is Using Drugs! What Should I Do?
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"You will lose them the exact moment you make their substance misuse a moral issue."
Today's Episode - My Partner Is Using Drugs
Thank you for joining the discussion today for another episode on holistic approaches to health and wellness. Today we focus on the complicated dynamics of substance misuse in the family.
Previously, we reviewed the occurrence of addiction in athletics, and philosophical approaches to substance misuse. These have been two of our most popular podcast episodes. It is clearly a topic front and centre, especially when considering the current opioid crisis throughout North America.
A listener recently asked,
"My husband drinks too much. Do you have any suggestions for what I should do?"
In response to our listener question, we first review a list of approaches to avoid when tackling the behaviours that accompany substance misuse. Popular culture is full of singular, and poorly thought out methods, for coping with the substance misusing behaviour of a loved one.
For example, "Tough Love" was particularly popular in the 90s, but is wrought with judgment, moralizing the addicted behaviour into two simple categories, "clean vs. dirty." If we approach our partner with this polarizing approach, shame and resentment are sure to follow.
Finally, in the most important segment of our show, I discuss keys for understanding your own behaviour and reactions, followed by a list of principles for approaching your loved one (when, and how).
It is essential that you get support if you find yourself grappling with a partner's substance misuse, and the maladaptive behaviours that go with it. I suggest that you seek a personal counsellor with a background in concurrent disorders. Al-Anon groups are also a source of support. However, I suggest you use Al-Anon to augment your counselling sessions for balance. It is also important to find a supportive network of friends.
Motivational Interview, by Miler and Rollnick, was originally published as conceptual guide for clinicians. However, I think the material is enormous