Involving Family Members in Addiction Treatment | Guest Author – Nadine Herring

Involving Family Members in Addiction Treatment | Guest Author – Nadine Herring

I can so relate to Nadine Herring’s guest post, today. What is so often missing in treatment programs for those seeking help with a substance use disorder is a comprehensive program directed specifically to helping their family members and friends. The presumption by the person in treatment, family members and friends, and society as aContinue Reading

Tapestry of Life – Guest Author Sarah-Pink Welch

Tapestry of Life – Guest Author Sarah-Pink Welch

For those of you who follow Sarah Pink Welch’s FB page, Sarah Pink’s Promise (she has 23,000 followers!) – you know what a powerful, inspirational, giving woman she is – always leaving us with words of wisdom and hope. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn about her new book, Tapestry ofContinue Reading

BTC’s 6th Anniversary – How Far Addiction Recovery Has Come

BTC’s 6th Anniversary – How Far Addiction Recovery Has Come

It’s been six years since I started BreakingTheCycles.com to help the families and friends of those whose loved ones misue alcohol or other drugs. Originally, it consisted of my blog, but has mushroomed and morphed over the years to include the various menu options now offered in the navigation bar above. But I wanted to useContinue Reading

Double Standard Stigma Around Addiction

Double Standard Stigma Around Addiction

MaryBeth Cichocki’s son, Matt, died of a drug overdose. She is determined to do whatever she can to help another child, another parent, another family, which includes working to extend insurance coverage for 90 days in residential treatment/rehab (vs the current 28 days) and to promote and support efforts to regulate sober living homes in Florida. SheContinue Reading

A Very Fine House – Interview with Author Barbara Cofer Stoefen

A Very Fine House – Interview with Author Barbara Cofer Stoefen

I recently finished reading Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s book, A Very Fine House, a Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth, and my first word reaction was, “Wow.” Wow in the way one feels after reading something so powerful, so compelling, one knows it’s going to take a while to let it all sink in.Continue Reading

Using the Science of Stress to Change Emotional | Physical Health

Using the Science of Stress to Change Emotional | Physical Health

In my work with various groups and individuals, it’s been my simplification of the science of stress that has especially resonated for many of my clients, because stress is the underpinning of the impacts of secondhand drinking and often of alcohol and other drug misuse, as well as the success of one’s recovery. So IContinue Reading

Dealing With a Passive Aggressive Partner | Guest Author Darlene Lancer

Dealing With a Passive Aggressive Partner | Guest Author Darlene Lancer

In famlies where there is (or has been) active addiction, there generally is (or also has been) active unhealthy coping skills developed by the person whose been grappling with their loved one’s drinking or drug misuse behaviors (aka secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging, aka codependency). Generally this happens because that person does not understand the natureContinue Reading

Jim Anders Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

Jim Anders Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Jim Anders, former advertising copywriter and the author of All Drinking Aside and the blog, AllDrinkingAside.com. Jim has graciously agreed to share the story of his alcohol addiction and the recovery journey he’s taken as today’s Face of Recovery. He first got into recovery in 1996 and then replapsed several times, which is so important toContinue Reading