So many people battle the disease of addiction, and out of fear of being rejected by family and friends, they often try to hide their addiction. Sometimes they find recovery and other times they don’t. But it’s not just the addict’s life that is turned upside down; the lives of the people who love them are also affected.
Loving an addict can be an emotional rollercoaster where one vacillates between hope, despair, anger, depression, unforgiveness, forgiveness, and fear. It’s exhausting for these families, and because their loved one is trapped in the cycle of addiction, the addict is usually unaware or simply doesn’t care how their behavior affects anyone else. That’s the ugly side of addiction. Even when the family of an addict has a strong faith, the disease of addiction will test the beliefs of everyone involved.
Fortunately, there are countless organizations that offer hope and help to the addict and their families. And it’s people like Stephanie Winslow, who’ve made it their mission to be part of that help.
Meet Stephanie Winslow
With an extended family that was affected by substance abuse, Stephanie hoped her immediate family would never be in that situation. But in 2009, her world was forever changed when she found out that her brother was an alcoholic.
They say that tragedy has a way of bringing you to your knees, and that’s what happened to Stephanie. As a spectator of her brother’s struggle with substance abuse, she realized she could have no impact on his choices or the outcomes. Because she dealt first-hand with her brother’s addiction, Stephanie felt called to share her personal journey and how she had to utterly rely on God to navigate these difficult waters.
The purpose of her book is to show Christian families of active alcoholics and addicts that feel trapped, hopeless, and weary–and are ready to drop the burden of their loved one’s addiction–how they can start living in hope, peace, and freedom.
She also offers practical advice about monitoring a loved one battling substance abuse issues. For example, she suggests checking out some of the fantastic drug testing resources out there such as the 12 panel drug test that can be used to ensure that your loved one has not relapsed.
Stephanie’s book will be available soon! Stay tuned for its release date. You won’t want to miss it!
“My story is meant to highlight the transformation that is possible when we place ourselves at the feet of Jesus and surrender our plans, our grief, our striving, our problem solving, and our best intentions for His plan and His purpose for us and our loved ones.”
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