3 Key Points When your Children Live with an Addict in Recovery

It's complicated living with addicts and alcoholics. To be honest, it doesn't get less complicated when that person is in recovery. It gets even more challenging with young family members who are able to understand and observe addiction but not old enough to grasp concepts such as “brain disease” and “family dysfunction.” Below I list 3 of important ideas to guide you as you include your children in the family recovery.    One:...[ read more ]

Book Review – How To Really Love Your Child

By Dr. Ross Campbell (originally published in 1960) Genre: Non fiction, parenting Woo factor: none if Christianity is your thing Hippie factor: 8 out of 10 (it may challenge your viewpoint of traditional parenting) I was first introduced to this book back in my crunchy-earth-mama days. I was at a conference on mothering/parenting topics just prior to launching into teaching...[ read more ]

Are You Punishing Yourself?

For those of you who know me “in person” and have seen me recently, you know I have lost a significant amount of weight. The weight loss journey is an interesting one, and I’m sure I will discover more blog-able insights along the way. This one is result of recent moments with clients and a recent epiphany on my weight...[ read more ]

The Myth of Readiness and Wanting To Get Sober

“They have to want it.” “It will only work if they are ready.” “You have to let them hit rock bottom.” These are common sayings in 12 meetings, in recovery communities, by family members and friends. It’s even sometimes (unfortunately) said in professional treatment. To be fair, it’s said out of love and kindness towards the stressed family member or...[ read more ]

Why Do I Need a Therapist if I Have a Program?

Isn’t AA (or 12 Step) Enough? Now about health: A body badly burned by alcohol does not often recover overnight nor do twisted thinking and depression vanish in a twinkling. We are convinced that a spiritual mode of living is a most powerful health restorative. We, who have recovered from serious drinking, are miracles of mental health. But we have...[ read more ]

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