In this episode of Not Terrible, Jess and Mary discuss addiction and how to do life in the context of this horrible disease. They explore generational effects of addiction, and how to love and support those living in the chaos it creates. If you love someone with an addiction or alcohol problem, we'd like to encourage you.
-edit: We use addict/alcoholic interchangeably in this episode. Are they the same thing? Nope. But there are enough similarities that we’re going with it.
-“Nearly one in seven adults have struggled with an alcohol problem in the last year. Across people’s entire lives, nearly one-third have suffered an alcohol-use disorder.” via Newsweek.
-"A growing number of Americans have alcohol-use disorder, a relatively new classification which the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines as 'problem drinking that becomes severe.'" (data via the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
-"The diagnosis of alcohol-use disorder has been around for more than a decade, and covers a wider variety of problems than connoted by the term alcoholism, which doesn't have a precise medical definition. Alcoholism would be equivalent to an alcohol-use disorder that is 'moderate to severe,' however, and often involves compulsive drinking and an inability to stop imbibing, he says." (data via the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
-Adult Children of Alcoholics website here
-Alcoholic Anonymous website here
-Narcotics Anonymous website here
-Al-Anon ("Help and Hope for Families and Friends of Alcoholics")
-Podcast mention: My Favorite Murder
-Podcast reminder: We’re not health care professionals. Listen to everything we say through that filter.
-Episode three here!
-The Porn Kills Love website Jess mentioned; click here to read more about the science of addiction.
-Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
-Theme song provided by The Easthills. "Expose Myself" can be found on their Death of a Salesman album.
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