Manipulation is an addict’s best friend; it is a favorite tool in their “tool belt”. While we know that addicts are not bad people, we are realistic in the fact that addiction causes people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. When an addict feels backed into a corner they will say anything to smooth over the situation as quickly as possible, so they can slowly but surely return to their old behaviors. They will go to great lengths to divert the attention off of them and manipulate a situation in their favor. In being allowed to do this their disease is steadily progressing. Rationalizing, deception, and justifying are all parts of manipulating and addicts excel at this. To them it’s for survival, but their perceptions are skewed…it is for their addiction’s survival. And to be brutally honest the disease of addiction means to kill them. If you notice these behaviors do not ignore it, do not allow it to continue to create chaos in your life. You can take back your power…I watched it happen this very week!
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