Loving someone with an addiction Jay P. Davidson, Candace Plattor

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This evening’s guests are Jay P. Davidson, Chairman, The Healing Place, and Candace Plattor, a registered clinical counselor.  Our topic is loving someone with an addiction.

Jay Davidson is the founder and President of The Healing Place in Louisville, KY.  Founded in 1989, The Healing Place has become one of the nation’s most effective, social model recovery programs with a recovery rate five times the national average.

Candace Plattor graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology with a Masters degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology, in 2001. For over 20 years in her private practice, she’s been helping clients and their loved ones understand their addictive behaviors and make healthier life choices.

Candace gives many popular and well-attended talks based on her award winning books “Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction” and “Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook“. She has also been featured on television and radio programs throughout Canada and the US and has become a favorite go-to expert for news related interviews in the Vancouver area and beyond. Please visit her website for more information: www.candaceplattor.com.

Questions likely to be discussed:

  • What made you decide to work in the Addictions field?  (Personal background)
  • Why did you write this book, and how is it different from other books about family addiction?
  • Why do people get involved in addictive behaviors in the first place, and how can you tell if it’s really an addiction?
  • What is the main message you want your readers to understand?
  • What can the loved ones of people struggling with addiction expect to be feeling, and will that differ depending on the specific addictive behavior involved?
  • Explain some of the differences between “helping” and “enabling”.
  • Can you ever really live a good life with an addict in it?
  • In your book Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself, you have 10 top survival tips. Which do you consider to be the 3 most important ‘tips’ people need to know when they are facing this problem?
  • Why do people always talk about an addict having to reach bottom before they will get help?
  • You clearly state that addiction is really a choice.  How that would be possible with something that is so destructive — surely no one wants to be an addict?
  • Can anyone really get over an addiction?
  • In your book you talk about the importance of self-care for those who are in relationships with addicts. What are some of the main things people need to do to take better care of themselves?
  • Why do people go down the path of addiction?  Is it something they are born with or do they adopt it as a coping mechanism?
  • How do you know if someone you love is an addict?
  • Do interventions ever really work?

Related Links:

The Healing Place

Top ten Survival Tips for Loving an Addicted Person

Substance Abuse


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