Talking to Children About a Parent’s Recovery

Talking to Children About a Parent’s Recovery

Talking to children about a parent’s recovery – yes? no? sort of? But how? Your spouse is about two-thirds the way through a 28-day rehab. You see great progress, but s/he still doesn’t want to tell the children. S/he says your younger ones are too young to understand and the older ones are so engrossed in their ownContinue Reading

How to Spot Manipulation – Darlene Lancer

How to Spot Manipulation – Darlene Lancer

How to spot manipulation can be a key to one’s recovery from the affects of growing up or living with untreated alcoholism or addiction. Author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, Darlene Lancer explains how to spot manipulation in today’s guest post…always a pleasure to share the work! How toContinue Reading

Sharing Secrets – Shattering the Shame

Sharing Secrets – Shattering the Shame

There’s a saying in the rooms of 12 step programs, “We’re only as sick as our secrets.” And it’s true. I experienced it myself, which drove my 40+ years of coping with secondhand drinking and my own experiences with anorexia and bulimia, and so have the thousands of people with whom I’ve worked or been in contact overContinue Reading

Teen Depression Rehab – How To Restore Your Life

Teen Depression Rehab – How To Restore Your Life

Today’s guest post is by Robert Hunt who shares his views on teen depression rehab. Robert Hunt has devoted his life to helping others suffering from chemical addictions as well as mental health challenges and writes for Paradigm Malibu, a treatment facility for teens. He is a sober coach and wellness advocate and a prominentContinue Reading

Slogans to Help with Long Term Recovery

Slogans to Help with Long Term Recovery

Slogans helping with long term recovery? In my case, it’s a resounding, “YES!” So you can imagine the smile that spread across my face this morning when today - of all days - I randomly opened one of my daily Al-Anon “readers,” titled: Hope for Today, and landed on May 5. Why the smile? Today is the sixth anniversary of thisContinue Reading

Ryan Miller – Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery

Ryan Miller – Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Ryan Miller – Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share his story. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have the chronic, often relapsing brain disease of addiction andContinue Reading

What is at the Core of Addiction

What is at the Core of Addiction

I am asked this question – What is at the Core of Addiction? – in some form or another, over and over and over, again. And typically, by the time a person is asking me, they are at their wits end. For they, like tens of millions of other Americans and hundreds of millions of people worldwide, have been fightingContinue Reading

Drug Addiction – Not My Son | Part 1

Drug Addiction – Not My Son | Part 1

Drug Addition – Not My Son is a common refrain. Parents can’t even imagine let alone consider their child may be developing (yes, developing) or have the brain disease of addiction. This is due in large part to society’s utter lack of understanding about the nature of this brain disease, the key risk factors contributingContinue Reading