So often, a counselor hears and sees only one side of a story: that of the substance abuser. It would be helpful, however, to know how the abuser's family is coping. Do they see the progress the abuser claims to be making? Is everything really going as well as claimed? Very often the abuser has a rather myopic view of his problem: everything is okay at home, when, in fact, the family is at its wits' end, frustrated, angry, and ready to throw in the towel. They have tried everything they can think of to fix their loved one and to stop him from using. They don't have much faith that this current round of counseling is going to get very far. They have been burned too many times already.
Addiction: A Family Affair is designed to encourage loved ones to tell their side of the story and, in return, to receive solid Biblical counsel for how to cope and how to respond to the abuser. Even if the abuser will not seek counseling, this material will help loved ones respond Biblically to the abuser and know what options they have.
Pamela Russell has two decades of experience in counseling and correctional settings. She is an Indiana Law Enforcement chaplain, has earned certification by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, serves as national director of Women's Ministry for the Capitol Commission, and is former director of Almond Tree, a substance-abuse training ministry for believers and churches. Pam has three children and nine grandchildren.