Codependency in Addiction | When You Feel It Pays for Your Partner to Stay Addicted

Codependency in Addiction | When You Feel It Pays for Your Partner to Stay Addicted

Codependency in addiction is often written about, but the issue of a codependent “wanting” their loved one to stay addicted is rarely addressed. Today’s guest post by Liz Karter tackles this issue. Liz Karter is a leading UK therapist in addiction, practicing since 2001, specialising in gambling addiction and women. Author of Women and ProblemContinue Reading

Childhood Trauma – Breaking The Cycles

Childhood Trauma – Breaking The Cycles

Childhood trauma has a profound impact on the neural circuitry of a child’s brain (meaning how or if brain cells “talk” to one another). It includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse; ongoing exposure to secondhand drinking or secondhand drugging, such as that which occurs in a family with untreated or unhealthily discussed addiction or substance misuse;Continue Reading

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

In 2011 President Obama issued the first Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The tradition continues in 2014 as parents, youth, schools and community leaders across the country join this month-long observance of the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. But, before I move forward, letContinue Reading

Do You Have a Codependent Attachment Style | Darlene Lancer

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