Breaking the Cycle of Addiction | Jennifer Hunt

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction | Jennifer Hunt

Breaking the cycle of addiction is greatly helped when a person understands two key things: 1) addiction is a chronic, often relapsing, developmental brain disease, and 2) there are five key risk factors for developing this disease: genetics, social environment, early use, mental illness and childhood trauma. It is not uncommon for children who grow upContinue Reading

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Addicted Parents

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Addicted Parents

There are many reasons grandparents find themselves raising their grandchildren. This article is specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren of addicted parents. In other words, they’ve stepped up because their own adult child is incapable of raising their own child as a result of their addiction. I’m writing this because the ramifications for all concerned – grandparents,Continue Reading

Toxic Shame | Guest Author Darlene Lancer

Toxic Shame | Guest Author Darlene Lancer

Toxic shame – sometimes called Internalized Shame – is typically at the root of codependency or addiction. Here to help us understand this dynamic and what to do about it is Darlene Lancer, author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You. Darlene’s latest eBook is titled, Spiritual Transformation in the TwelveContinue Reading

Help for Moms Whose Kids Struggle With Substance Use | Cathy Taughinbaugh

Help for Moms Whose Kids Struggle With Substance Use | Cathy Taughinbaugh

Discovering your child is using or abusing or maybe even addicted to drugs or alcohol can be a mom’s worst nightmare. She is often shocked, guilt-ridden, confused, angry, ashamed, saddened and floundering as she battles the stigma, misinformation and shame to figure out what to do to help her child. And it’s a land mineContinue Reading

Setting Boundaries YOU Can Live With

Setting Boundaries YOU Can Live With

Last week I wrote a post on setting boundaries with addicted family members and touched on why we keep moving our boundaries and what a person can do to prepare themselves to set and stick to the boundaries they need/want to set. (To re-read that post, click here). This post goes further to give you tools on howContinue Reading

Get Involved National Drug Facts Week | Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

Get Involved National Drug Facts Week | Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

It’s that time – National Drug Facts Week sponsored by NIDA – January 26 through February 1st. National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 to counteract the myths about drugs that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends with science. Ways to Get involved in National Drug Facts Week Host a local event in your community—CheckContinue Reading

The Many Victims of Addiction | Kelly Cordova

The Many Victims of Addiction | Kelly Cordova

As Kelly Cordovano writes in her guest post shared here, there are many victims of addiction, including families, friends, coworkers and others who have a relationship to the person with this brain disease. Kelly Cordovano is co-director of Fresh Start Ministries, a men’s rehabilitation center located in Central Florida offering a year-long, residential, faith-based substance abuse programContinue Reading

Setting Boundaries With Addicted Family Members

Setting Boundaries With Addicted Family Members

Setting boundaries with addicted family members – Why do we keep moving them? And how do we know they’re an addict or alcoholic? Does that even matter? I remember those days… If you drink, again, I’m leaving. If you get another DUI, I’m done! OK. I can go along with you only drinking on Wednesday,Continue Reading