Tracie called the show to express her broken heart over her daughter with a drug addiction.
Addiction is a chronic disease. Where there is a chronic disease, there's a caregiver. On this call, I asked Tracie to consider a 12- step recovery program for family members of addicts and alcoholics. She referenced attending one years ago if saving her father from alcoholism and that it failed ...so she didn't pursue it with her daughter.
Helping redirect Tracie, I shared with her, ""The purpose of this [recovery program for family members] is not to save her daughter from bad choices ...it's to save HER from bad choices."
Peter Rosenberger is the host of the weekly syndicated radio program for family caregivers. He has served as a caregiver for his wife Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, for more than 30 years. The author of four books, including “Hope for the Caregiver.” Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, where he also serves as the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope. Follow Peter on Twitter: @Hope4caregiver or visit: www.hopeforcaregiver.com