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When Your Child Struggles With Addiction | Author Linda Dahl’s New Novel Offers Help and Hope

When Your Child Struggles With Addiction | Author Linda Dahl’s New Novel Offers Help and Hope

When your child struggles with addiction, which is now understood to be a chronic, often relapsing brain disease, the world flips and turns in unimaginable ways. Days and nights become excruciating as a parent’s every attempt to help, stop, hold onto, and do anything and everything to save their child seems to slam into another wall,Continue Reading

Overcoming Addiction | Linda Dahl

Overcoming Addiction | Linda Dahl

Overcoming addiction, which is now understood to be a chronic, often relapsing brain disease, can be gut-wrenchingly hard. And that’s so often because of the secrecy, misinformation and shame that surrounds this particular disease as a result of common beliefs that it’s a choice or moral failing or as simple as “just stop.” It’s not.Continue Reading

15 Minutes Can Change Your Life

15 Minutes Can Change Your Life

Change [including how one deals with a loved one’s addiction or with a loved one deeply affected by secondhand drinking (aka codependency)] begins in the mind. As such, a person can use their mind to change their lives. To help readers better understand this concept, Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, shares the following post. To read herContinue Reading

My AA Family – They Loved Me Until I Was Able to Love Myself

My AA Family – They Loved Me Until I Was Able to Love Myself

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 and are in recovery live healthy, productive, engaged lives — the same kinds of lives as people who do not have this disease. But allContinue Reading

Finding Happiness After Addiction – Trevor McDonald

Finding Happiness After Addiction – Trevor McDonald

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 and are in recovery live healthy, productive, engaged lives — the same kinds of lives as people who do not have this disease. But allContinue Reading

A Son’s Overdose | A Mother’s Profound Grief, Strength and Hope

A Son’s Overdose | A Mother’s Profound Grief, Strength and Hope

The following is a guest post by Laura Rosch. She’d shared this as a comment on another guest post appearing on BreakingTheCycles.com. As I wrote to Laura, I was struck by all that she had written, but this part really hit me: “But now I have a life to live and other people that loveContinue Reading

Marriage After Sobriety | Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

Marriage After Sobriety | Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

Marriage after sobriety can be a rocky time. Both partners feel vulnerable as they transition into their “new” relationship. To help couples during this time, Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, shares the following post. To read her longer version, please click here. Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You,Continue Reading

7 Things Every Halfway House MUST Have

7 Things Every Halfway House MUST Have

Halfway houses, often referred to as sober homes, recovery residences or transitional living homes, can be an important step in one’s recovery from substance use disorders. They can also sideline it. Today’s guest author, Parker Sean, tackles this subject, explaining, “In my recovery journey, I have seen and heard many horror stories about “flophouse” styleContinue Reading