Do you believe Ben planned his relapse prior to coming home?

1. Ben’s family had mixed reactions when he surprised them by coming home. In your opinion,
what did they say/do that was helpful, and what was potentially harmful to Ben’s recovery?

2. Ben’s mother attended a 12-step meeting with him. Would you like a family member to
accompany you to a meeting from time-to-time? Why or why not?

3. What were some of Ben’s triggers and warning signs?

4. Ben stated that getting high provided him with what no one else can make him feel: “Safe.
Loved. Alive. Whole.” Can you relate? What are some of the reasons you got high?

5. When Ben’s mother is at the pharmacy, the pharmacist makes a stigmatizing remark about
“not encouraging irresponsible behavior.” Describe a time you experienced stigma.

6. Do you believe Ben planned his relapse prior to coming home? Why or why not?

7. Do you believe Ben intended to die? Why or why not?