Six years ago, my husband and I were at our wit’s end about what to do with our daughter whose drugging was escalating way out of control. Already in Al-Anon, I had gained some insight that led me to Nar-Anon where I befriended a mother whose son was in a similarly serious drug situation. She referred me to David Petersen for professional guidance in light of the seriousness I described.
From the outset, David helped us to stop looking for answers from the distant past or outside our current grasp of how to support our girl without enabling her. Instead we methodically constructed an agreement between the two of us, with other family members in increasing full agreement, about where to draw the line. There were a couple of times when we ourselves were drawn into danger that could have ended tragically if we didn’t have the guidance David provided.
He helped us to recognize that every addicted person’s family has a blend of common and unique challenges, and that with some personal work and explicit unanimity, we could help our daughter to get on with her life without stalling or disregarding ours.
She has become a vibrant woman in recovery, and a gentle friend to us who was not so gentle just a handful of years ago. Professional help made the difference for us, and we are very grateful.