Author Archives: Lisa Frederiksen

Finding Help for a Drinking Problem

Finding Help for a Drinking Problem

Time and again, the calls, emails and blog post comments I receive are centered around the difficulty the person has experienced in finding help for a drinking problem, whether it’s their own or a loved one’s. And it is often this time of year, after a holiday season filled with work, social and family gatheringsContinue Reading

Healing Trauma Takes Time

Healing Trauma Takes Time

Like the brain impacts of substance use disorders (aka substance abuse or addiction), most people do not understand the brain impacts of trauma. Trauma takes many forms: neglect, sexual assault, physical abuse, emotional abuse, parental divorce, and growing up with a parent who has an untreated substance use disorder or mental illness, to name aContinue Reading

What to Say to Someone Who Drinks Too Much

What to Say to Someone Who Drinks Too Much

If you’re reading this post, likely you’ve been hurt, frustrated, concerned, angered, and/or scared by a loved one’s drinking. You’ve likely tried talking, yelling, cajoling, negotiating, looking the other way, believing their promise(s) to stop or cut down, but so far, nothing’s worked. I receive numerous emails and phone calls every week from people in thisContinue Reading

Just Say No Didn’t Work the First Time | Commentary on President Trump’s Opioid Crisis National Emergency Declaration

Just Say No Didn’t Work the First Time | Commentary on President Trump’s Opioid Crisis National Emergency Declaration

October 26, 2017 was a landmark day in the fight against addiction in America. It was the first time a President declared “drug demand and the opioid crisis” a national public health emergency. I commend and thank President Trump for this action. But I was concerned when he made these comments, which you can listenContinue Reading

Working the 12 Steps With a Little Help From Brain Science

Working the 12 Steps With a Little Help From Brain Science

Millions struggling with addiction* have found their pathway to recovery through the 12 Steps — AA and NA, as examples. Millions of their loved ones have found their recovery from secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging (SHD)** through 12 Steps, as well — Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, as examples. But there are many more who report having a problem with theContinue Reading

7 Things to Know When Looking for Addiction Treatment

7 Things to Know When Looking for Addiction Treatment

Are you looking for addiction treatment for a loved one or friend? You’re not alone. Every week I receive calls and emails from family members and friends trying to find treatment for their loved one’s addiction,* aka substance use disorder. These kinds of phone calls and emails are heartbreaking. Their panic, anger, fear, frustration, sadness, desperation and anguishContinue Reading

We Can’t Treat Cancer in 30 Days. Why Do We Think Treating Addiction is Any Different?

We Can’t Treat Cancer in 30 Days. Why Do We Think Treating Addiction is Any Different?

I’ve tried to verify who came up with the idea that addiction* could be treated in 30 days. One version was reported by Shari Roan in her November 10, 2008 Los-Angeles Times article, “The 30-day Myth,” in which she wrote, Dr. David Lewis…who in the 1970s helped establish the first addiction treatment program in the U.S. AirContinue Reading

Excessive Alcohol Use Kills 88,000 Americans Annually | What Can WE Do to Stop This?

Excessive Alcohol Use Kills 88,000 Americans Annually | What Can WE Do to Stop This?

Excessive alcohol use, either in the form of binge drinking or heavy drinking, was responsible for an average of 88,000 deaths annually in the United States from 2006 – 2010. (Source: CDC>Excessive Drinking, accessed 8/11/17) This is equal to 241 deaths per day. In view of these statistics, which I find staggering, as is the factContinue Reading