The Universal Addiction | Redefining Codependency

The Universal Addiction | Redefining Codependency

Redefining codependency with the universal addiction – control – is the topic of today’s guest post by Steve Hauptman, LCSW. Steve is a Gestalt-trained, Buddhist-flavored therapist who has practiced on Long Island for twenty years. He graduated from Adelphi University’s School of Social Work, trained at the Gestalt Center of Long Island, and specializes in a uniqueContinue Reading

Guest Author William G. Borchert  Shining the Light on Family Addiction

Guest Author William G. Borchert Shining the Light on Family Addiction

Today’s guest author, William G. Borchert, is shining the light on family addiction. As readers of BreakingThecycles.com well know, this disease affects not only the person who has the substance use disorder (aka addiction), but it affects their families. Together, they represent approximately 120 million Americans – that’s roughly one-third the American population! So it is with greatContinue Reading

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – Guest Author Regina Eversole

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – Guest Author Regina Eversole

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – both wreck havoc in people’s lives – the person with the disorder and those who love them. Why? Generally because of the stigma and shame as a consequence of the belief that people develop these diseases due to a lack of willpower and continue in their diseases because they don’t careContinue Reading

Stay Social to Stay Sober

Stay Social to Stay Sober

One way to stay sober is to have a sober roommate, and one way to find a sober roommate is to use a terrific online service created by Jesse Sandler, MySoberRoommate.com. Jesse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for people in addiction recovery. He works at a dual-diagnosis intensiveContinue Reading

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