Author Archives: Lisa Frederiksen

Child of an Alcoholic – a Legacy of Untreated Secondhand Drinking-Related ACEs

Child of an Alcoholic – a Legacy of Untreated Secondhand Drinking-Related ACEs

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.” In honor of this year’s theme, I’dContinue Reading

Inaccurate | Misleading | Incomplete Information About Drinking Alcohol is Inexcusable

Inaccurate | Misleading | Incomplete Information About Drinking Alcohol is Inexcusable

One of my biggest frustrations is the continued inaccurate, misleading, incomplete information about drinking alcohol that repeatedly appears in the news, medical practices, treatment program descriptions, and our social and cultural environments (school, workplace, community, legal and law enforcement, religious practices, family, political arena and the like). Take this April 6, 2017, article appearing on USA Today’s Network, How aContinue Reading

How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem

How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem

How do you know if someone’s drinking is a problem? Short answer: “If you are talking or concerned about it.” What do I mean? The only reason a person would be worried about another person’s drinking is because that other person’s behaviors change when they drink. Their behavioral changes are called drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors occurContinue Reading

Tough Love – Harmful or Helpful?

Tough Love – Harmful or Helpful?

Tough love – does it hurt or help a person with an addiction, aka substance use disorder (SUD), get the help they need? I regularly get some form of this question – generally because there’s so much confusion about what it means. Unfortunately, there is no single definition of tough love applicable to addiction. SomeContinue Reading

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Brain science is a powerful tool one can use to change their thoughts, feelings or behaviors – seriously! For followers of my blog, you know my enthusiasm for one of the most profound discoveries I’ve learned which is how the brain wires, develops and maps. And it is this understanding that has helped me andContinue Reading

Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week | February 2017

Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week | February 2017

One in four children live in families with a parent addicted to alcohol, according to the National Association of Children of Alcoholics. Unless you have been a child in a home with untreated, unhealthily discussed alcohol misuse, it’s difficult to image what it’s like to be a child in such a home. Devastating. Scary. Shame-filled.Continue Reading

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Alcohol-induced blackouts – seriously — they can’t remember what they did or said? It is not uncommon for me to receive emails and blog post comments like these: “My partner has physically attacked me and last Sunday shoved me down the stair case and then stood on top of me and continued to punch andContinue Reading

Secondhand Drinking | Substance Use Disorder – Chidimma Ozor With Lisa Frederiksen

Secondhand Drinking | Substance Use Disorder – Chidimma Ozor With Lisa Frederiksen

I had the honor of being Chidimma Ozor | the TYPEAhippie’s guest for her first ChiCast podcast of 2017. The podcast topics were substance use disorder and secondhand drinking, which as BreakingThecycles.com readers know are topics near and dear to my heart. After an enthusiastic pre-interview conversation with Chidimma, in which we discovered our mutual passionsContinue Reading