When people become sober it opens up a world of possibility.They can now begin to rebuild their life and get back many of the things they have lost.Pretty much weekly I get messages from people who are desperate to help a loved one with a mental illness. She has been living with bipolar disorder for 18 years and has written more than 1000 articles on the subject.I hear versions of this story over and over, my child/parent/sibling/friend/spouse is sick and won’t get help for their mental illness. And sometimes you have to accept not everyone with a mental illness will get help. I don’t know whether he’ll even live to tell the tale. I don’t just willy-nilly tell people to distance themselves from intractable crazy for no reason, I tell them this because they need to be told. Find more of Natasha’s work in her new book: Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar.So perhaps the kindest thing I can do both for them and me is retell the story, but instead create a new one: a story about letting go.It’s a hard thing to do—to completely let go of something painful and forgive the person who may or may not have realized what they did.
I blamed someone else for the life I didn’t have, and felt vindicated in the soul-sucking resentment I carried around from day to day.
The Gamblers Anonymous concept is that compulsive gamblers are really very sick people who can recover if they will follow to the best of their ability a simple program that has proved successful for thousands of other men and women with a gambling or compulsive gambling problem.
The compulsive gambler needs to be willing to accept the fact that he or she is in the grip of a progressive illness and has a desire to get well.
The first few months of recovery are often described as an emotional rollercoaster because there is so much going on.
The last thing that an individual will want to do will be to add the stress of a new relationship to the mix.