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A family guide to addiction and recovery

Dillon McClernon

Authored by Dillon McClernon

Do you have a family member or loved one who you are worried is using substances, and feel powerless to do anything about it? You may find yourself asking questions like “Did I cause the addiction? How could I have been so blind? Is there any hope? How can I help him or her get well? Is it possible to find peace of mind?”

Behind almost every person struggling with addiction, there is a family member—parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or another—who suffers too. Witnessing a loved one’s addiction is both a heart-rending and bewildering experience. Feelings of anger, guilt, sadness, and fear combine with desperation and helplessness, leaving you at times in a state of both panic and emotional paralysis.

Worse still, you might feel as if it is your fault, even as you are at a loss to fix it.

Despite their suffering, the family of the addicted love one too often remains a hidden victim of addiction, rarely receiving the support that matches their anguish.

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Authored by

Dillon McClernon

Dillon McClernon

Dillon currently serves as the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at RCA. After his tenure as Chief Communications Officer and senior advisor to RCA, he opted for a full-time position at RCA where he could build a new team linking sales and marketing to directly impact RCA’s mission of saving 1 million lives.


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