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“Why Can’t I Fix It: The Questions We Ask When We Love Someone with Addiction” with Rev. Nathan Detering, Author

Sunday, March 12; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; (in the building and online)

12:00-1:00 pm: Conversation and Book Signing with Rev. Nathan Detering

When Rev. Nathan Detering shared the story of his brother’s death from a drug overdose with the members of his congregation, many of them shared their own addiction stories with him. Realizing the healing power of sharing stories and questions in community, Rev. Detering conducted interviews to identify and address the common questions that haunt us when we love someone with addiction. In conversations both within and outside his community, he heard the palpable need for those struggling with loved one’s addictions to know they are not alone.

Weaving together his own and others’ deeply felt experiences of addiction, “Why Can’t I Fix It?” responds to sometimes desperate questions such as: Why is this happening? What can you do? What can’t you do? How do you care for yourself and the rest of your family? While the answers to these questions aren’t easily found, “Why Can’t I Fix It?” encourages those of us who are struggling with our loved one’ addictions to practice self-care and self-compassion, understand the cultural context for emotional responses and expectations of ourselves and others.

Please register for the conversation and book signing at this link.

Rev. Detering’s visit and the day’s events are part of the “LifeStream @ First Unitarian” series.