Substance Abuse

Exclusive Interview: ‘Hooked But Not Hopeless’ Author Dr. Sherry Hoppe Describes Why Some People are More Vulnerable to Addiction

Have you ever wondered why some people are more susceptible to substance abuse than others? Why is willpower not enough to avoid the temptation of addiction? Is there hope for those who abuse drugs? How can families survive the challenges of dealing with a loved one who has addiction problems?

These are only some of the most intriguing questions about drug abuse. And many times, the answers are not always easy to find, or the very least, clear cut.

But in the book ‘Hooked But Not Hopeless: Escaping the Lure of Addiction,’ Dr. Sherry Lee Hoppe addresses those questions and more to help readers understand the complexity of addiction.

During an exclusive interview with TestCountry, Dr. Hoppe briefly describes the personalities of people with addiction.  She mentions that vulnerability to addiction “can be magnified if a person fails to develop emotional, intellectual, and social skills—sometimes because of dysfunctional families.”

When asked about what families can do if they have a family member struggling with addiction, Dr. Hoppe said: “Helping someone who doesn’t want help or refuses to admit help is needed is difficult, but concerned family members should try to intervene…. The goal is to encourage the addict to seek treatment and then help implement that decision.”

Dr. Hoppe’s first career was as a counselor before getting her Ed.D in higher education and entering the academic world. In 2007, she was named president emeritus of Austin Peay State University (APSU) after serving there for almost eight years.

To read the full text of the interview, visit Exclusive Interview with Dr. Sherry Hoppe About Addiction Recovery.

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