Category Archives: Addiction | Treatment | Recovery

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

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, led to approximately 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 fact they’re not widelyContinue 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

Untreated ACEs Can Make Addiction Recovery Difficult

Untreated ACEs Can Make Addiction Recovery Difficult

Compare the changes in the Smart Phone of 2007 to the Smart Phone of today, 2017. Radical, revolutionary, life-changing, who could have imagined? The superlatives to describe this comparison are endless. Those same superlatives can be applied to the changes in our understanding of the human brain; changes that explain how ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)Continue Reading

I Could Have Developed Alcoholism | I Developed Bulimia Instead

I Could Have Developed Alcoholism | I Developed Bulimia Instead

I still look back with great sadness on the 11 years I spent binging and purging (bulimia) and the year I spent “dieting” (anorexia)  — my lost years from ages 16-28. To the person whose never been bulimic, it’s impossible to understand why someone would “choose” to eat huge quantities of food and then throwContinue 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