Category Archives: Secondhand Drinking | Secondhand Drugging | Codependency | Help for Families

articles on secondhand drinking – the other side of alcohol misuse – and what happens to families and friends who experience it

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

I was invited to read and review The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery recently. Unfortunately I am unable to do so at this time, but I was so intrigued by the title and book summary that I wanted to share a Q & A with one of the books co-authors, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr.Continue Reading

Relationship Killers: Anger | Resentment

Relationship Killers: Anger | Resentment

Anger | resentment – both can be relationship killers explains today’s guest author,  Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT.  Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, and her latest eBook is titled, Dealing with a Narcissist, 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People. She canContinue 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

Relatable Stories of Addicts | Howard Goodman, MA LMFT

Relatable Stories of Addicts | Howard Goodman, MA LMFT

Often it is the stories of those who have struggled with a substance use disorder (aka addiction) that help a person either seek or sustain long term recovery. Today’s guest author, Howard P. Goodman, MA LMFT, shares relatable stories of those who struggle with these disorders. Goodman is a licensed psychotherapist and addiction specialist whoContinue 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

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

I’m still in awe of what happened November 17, 2016, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles – a National Summit: Facing Addiction in America. It was at this summit that U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, unveiled his office’s long-awaited, groundbreaking report addressing the country’s leading public health crisis. And why is this such a groundbreakingContinue Reading