Author Archives: Lisa Frederiksen

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

Dear President-Elect Trump – Because Addiction Is Above Politics

Dear President-Elect Trump – Because Addiction Is Above Politics

Dear President-Elect Trump, We are writing as Americans who, regardless of political affiliation, are deeply concerned by the addiction crisis ravaging our country. You shared openly how alcoholism devastated your brother Fred’s life. In fact, addiction to alcohol and other drugs impacts 45 million Americans and their families. As you heard during the campaign, 21Continue Reading

Holidays Filled With Secondhand Drinking – What to Do

Holidays Filled With Secondhand Drinking – What to Do

For some, the holidays are warm, fun, happy gatherings with friends and family. But for those whose holidays are filled with secondhand drinking, lurking behind that hope for those kinds of gatherings runs a current of angst, fear, and worry. Angst, fear, and worry about: how to keep him from drinking too much and picking aContinue Reading

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

“Now that gambling addiction is currently the #1 addiction with the highest suicide rate than any other and over 16 million problem gamblers in just the US alone, I want to share some of my story and devastation in my life due to this cunning addiction,” says Catherine Townsend-Lyon, today’s guest author. Bestselling Kodel EmpireContinue Reading