Do You Have a Codependent Attachment Style | Darlene Lancer

Finding out whether you have a codependent attachment style or a healthy one can be a key to figuring out next steps to change — something especially important if you’ve been affected by a loved one’s substance misuse. Author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, Darlene Lancer explores attachment lifestyles in today’sContinue Reading

Lack of Mental Health Care

Lack of Mental Health Care

The horrific consequences of the lack of mental health care in America were driven home last night (9/14/14) by 60 Minutes in their program, “No Where to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis.” Having studied mental health, especially as it relates to co-occurring disorders with addiction, I wanted to share this program, as well as images showingContinue Reading

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10, 2014 – is sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, an organization dedicated to: preventing suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis  workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. Using Brain Research for Suicide Prevention Thanks to the relatively new brainContinue Reading

For Family Members of a Loved One in Recovery

For Family Members of a Loved One in Recovery

I’ve worked a lot with the family members of a loved one in recovery over the years. I’ve also worked a lot with family members whose loved one is still active in their addiction. As someone with similar experiences, I know their heartache, anguish, anger, pain, frustration, resentment, fear, love, desperation and never-ending belief thatContinue Reading

Master of Manipulation – the Disease of Addiction

Master of Manipulation – the Disease of Addiction

If you live with and/or love a person with the brain disease of addiction, you can probably relate to this poem I wrote several years ago. I know that until I finally understood addiction for what it is – a chronic, often relapsing brain disease, I never saw the real puppeteer pulling all of our stringsContinue Reading

Stress at the Turn of the Century

Stress at the Turn of the Century

I’ve written a lot about stress, especially stress related to addiction and secondhand drinking | drugging. And I’ve also emphasized that it’s “life” stressors that often trigger the use of alcohol or drugs or unhealthy coping skills to dampen the triggering emotions. Which brings me to the point to this post… Stress at the TurnContinue Reading

Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction

Many people can’t understand how someone becomes physically dependent or develops an addiction to an opioid pain medication, such as Vicodin, Dilaudid, OxyContin, Duragesic and Norco, prescribed by their doctor. Understanding the following key concepts can help: The brain controls everything we think, feel, say and do through neural networks and brain maps. Pain is in theContinue Reading

Harm Reduction – Can It Work?

Harm Reduction – Can It Work?

There are various takes on harm reduction – both on what it means and on what success looks like. For the purposes of this post, I am referring to harm reduction in terms of changing one’s drinking pattern and/or stopping drinking all together before they develop the chronic, often relapsing brain disease of addiction (inContinue Reading