It’s An Inside Job –
Oct. 10, 2019 – Addiction can be extremely isolating, and despite the storylines you may see on shows like “Intervention,” overcoming substance abuse is very much an individual battle. You can have relatives cheering you on from the sidelines and friends who hold you accountable. You can have a spouse who knows your triggers and helps you navigate them like a field of personal landmines. However, regardless of how many stakeholders are invested in your sobriety, the only person who can actually do the work of staying clean is you – and it’s hard AF … I’ve had the unfortunate privilege of front row seating to the struggles of loved ones battling addiction. I witnessed my grandfather drink himself into an early grave despite multiple warnings of doctors and countless hospital stays. I can personally attest to the fact that regardless of how badly loved ones want sobriety for an addict, the only person who can make that happen is the addict themselves. For this reason, I’ve always been particularly troubled by the inordinate amount of credit Mary J. Blige would give now ex-husband, Kendu Isaacs, for her sobriety.