A recent comment from LA counselor Deborah Taft Webb (used with permission)
I have both the book and DVD (Why Don’t They Just Quit?) and use them with patients. They are great.
In my last 20 years of counseling and program directing, I have learned that working with the family is a MUST. In fact, they are more at risk to die from their loved ones illness than their addict.
Stress symptoms caused by co-dependency—strokes, heart attacks, cancers, etc. . . are more severe than the addicts disease in a lot of cases. Also, co-dependents loose the joy of living a life of serenity and if not helped, will have consequences in every aspect of their lives.
And of course, they don’t know what to do when their addict gets well. In every program I have developed, the family (with adults) and the parents (with the adolescents) spend almost as much time at the facility as the addicts.
It is a family disease. And they all come in asking “Why don’t they just quit?”