Loving Someone with an Addiction: A Conversation with Nicholas Mathews

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Addiction is a tough topic to talk about, but it’s important that we do.

The statistics are alarming – Almost 21 million Americans have at least 1 addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. This means you’ll most likely encounter someone with addiction in your life, and it’s very possible it will affect your marriage, relationship, or family.

“In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing how addiction may harm even the closest relationships, as well as how to avoid it. If you’re struggling to support a loved one with addiction, this episode is for you,” said Staci Bratley, who along with her husband, Tom, hosts the weekly show. “We have Nicholas Mathews as a guest this week. Nicholas is a substance abuse expert and addiction expert who dedicates his life to helping others get to the root of their addiction. Nicholas will be sharing some strategies for supporting a friend or loved one struggling with substance abuse.”

Staci says that after listening to the episode, you will better understand the impact addiction can have on even the most “meant to be” relationships. You will also have actionable strategies for supporting a friend or loved one struggling with substance abuse.

Nicholas Mathews is a founder of Stillwater Behavioral Health, a Dual Diagnosis treatment facility that personalizes care to help those struggling to recover from substance addiction and mental health disorders. Nicholas abused opioids at a young age before becoming a heroin addict at age 16. It was only when he developed a life-threatening liver condition that he realized he needed to get clean.

After succeeding, he dedicated his life to guiding others into sobriety, becoming a consultant for various treatment facilities. This work made him determined to fix deficiencies in clinical care and boost the overall effectiveness of treatment programs. That’s when Stillwater was born. He intends to grow the facility to help even more people regardless of their socioeconomic background. He currently studies at Harvard Business School online.

In the episode, they’re covering several key topics about how to love and support someone with an addiction, including:

  • What signs indicate that someone might have a substance abuse problem?
  • How do you properly support recovered/recovering addicts and avoid patronizing them in social contexts?
  • What is the first thing you should say to someone who might need help?
  • Learn about the root causes of addiction and how to address them

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Tom and Staci have been teaching and mentoring individuals and couples from around the world for the past decade, on how to experience love for a lifetime. They are passionate about helping people lighten up a bit, so they can dismantle the many myths, lies, and taboos that take them nowhere good. Tom and Staci also believe the time has come to share the practical skills necessary that will empower us ALL to navigate through anything. Anything you ask? Yes, anything!
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