Adolescent Cannabis Abuse – Guest Author Dr. Jennifer Golick

Adolescent Cannabis Abuse – Guest Author Dr. Jennifer Golick

Adolescent cannabis abuse is a hot topic given the recent and upcoming state elections to legalize marijuana. There is the perception it is safer than alcohol or other drugs and thus safer for teens to use marijuana than alcohol. Today’s guest author, Dr. Jennifer Golick, explains why this is not true. Dr. Golick is the ClinicalContinue Reading

Siblings in Addiction Recovery – Repairing the Relationship

Siblings in Addiction Recovery – Repairing the Relationship

Siblings in recovery — trying to repair a relationship with a sibling who is in recovery can be extremely difficult and is such an important topic. Today’s guest author, Alexis Harbison, discusses the restoration of her relationship with her brother, a recovering heroin addict. She writes, “In order to do this, we must be willingContinue Reading

When Mommy or Daddy Is the Problem – Alcohol Misuse | Secondhand Drinking

When Mommy or Daddy Is the Problem – Alcohol Misuse | Secondhand Drinking

When mommy or daddy is the problem, a child can experience childhood trauma, aka Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). And the problem I’m talking about is a parent’s alcohol misuse or the other parent’s coping with their drinking behaviors. In other words, a parent whose drinking (alcohol misuse) changes their behaviors and/or a parent experiencing secondhand drinking — theContinue Reading

Childhood Trauma and Codependency – Guest Author Darlene Lancer

Childhood Trauma and Codependency – Guest Author Darlene Lancer

Childhood trauma and codependency often go hand-in-hand. Codependency expert and frequent guest author, Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, shares her expertise on this connection. To read her longer version, please click here. Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, and her latest eBook is titled, Dealing with a Narcissist, 8Continue Reading

Five Pillars of Recovery – Guest Author, Jesse Sandler, LCSW

Five Pillars of Recovery – Guest Author, Jesse Sandler, LCSW

Today’s guest author, Jesse Sandler, LCSW, shares the five foundational behaviors he likes his clients to focus on while in the beginning stages of their recoveries — sleep, hygiene, exercise, intake, and social. Jesse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for people in addiction recovery. He works at a dual-diagnosis intensive outpatientContinue Reading

Games to Help With Addiction | Codependency Therapy

Games to Help With Addiction | Codependency Therapy

Games to help with addiction | codependency therapy – seriously? What’s in a Game? Play Therapy for Adults by Kathleen Grant, MA, LMFT, and Laura Osborn, PsyD, CHT, is a book like no other I’ve read in the genre of books that can help families recover from addiction. It’s like no other for three keyContinue Reading

Addiction – Substance Use Disorders – Families – We Recover | We Vote

Addiction – Substance Use Disorders – Families – We Recover | We Vote

Addiction – Substance Use Disorders – Families.  We Recover | We Vote and We are Facing Addiction! WE are the more than one-hundred million Americans who are either living their lives in long-term recovery from addiction (aka Substance Use Disorders) OR the family and friends whose lives were devastatingly changed trying to help loved onesContinue Reading

Living With or Divorcing a Spouse Who Drinks Too Much

Living With or Divorcing a Spouse Who Drinks Too Much

Living with or divorcing a spouse who drinks too much can be a terrifying, exhausting nightmare — especially when children are involved. In fact, one of my most frequently read blog posts is Fears for Children When Divorcing an Alcoholic. I wrote it to address one of the most common issues mothers, fathers, and family law attorneys have expressedContinue Reading