About Lisa Frederiksen and BreakingTheCycles.com

Welcome to Breaking The Cycles – Changing the Conversations 

I’m Lisa. In 2003 one of my loved ones entered a residential treatment program for alcoholism. At the time, I was one angry, frustrated, resentful person who didn’t realize this particular loved one was but one of several loved ones whose drinking (drinking behaviors) had profoundly affected me. My world was framed in black or white, truth or a lie, you’re with me or you’re not. I was labeled a codependent and an enabler and told alcoholism was a disease. I didn’t buy the disease concept. Cancer was a disease – all they had to do was put down the bottle! I’d also been bulimic and anorexic for 12 years in my late teens and early adulthood and had learned to re-eat, so I figured “they” could learn to re-drink. And so I set out on a quest to prove alcoholism wasn’t a disease, delving into the emerging 21st century brain and addiction-related science. It rocked my world and began my own recovery journey, recovery from what I call secondhand drinking, recovery that was independent of whether my loved ones ever stopped drinking. About Lisa Frederiksen and BreakingTheCycles.com

About Lisa Frederiksen and BreakingTheCycles.com


It’s this journey and these scientific discoveries that I share here on BreakingTheCycles.com. My goal is to change, and in some cases simply start, the conversations on the range of topics covered in my blog categories so that together we can end the stigma, misinformation and shame that keep over 120 million Americans stuck fighting something they truly don’t understand. This 120 million represents the 20+ million struggling with addiction and the 100 million family members and friends who love them and try desperately to help them stop. I’m especially interested in sharing the science. The science that explains the brain disease of addiction (aka substance use disorder), risk factors for developing the disease, the secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging (the family experience) stress connection, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, dual diagnosis, mental disorders, brain development, brain healing, and so much more…

Why Science?

Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from an overdose or alcohol-related cause. Additionally:

  • 22 million Americans are suffering from a substance use disorder
  • 23 million more are in recovery
  • 1 in 3 households are directly impacted.

But we can drastically reduce these numbers! The science is now available to boldly, unequivocally state, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that can be “prevented like this” and “treated like this.” The science is now here to also help the 100 million Americans who struggle with Secondhand Drinking | Secondhand Drugging change how they cope and how they protect themselves from the negative impacts of a person’s drinking (or drugging) behaviors. The following posts share some of my passion breaking the cycles by changing the conversations:

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat Their Heart Disease

Why Addicts Lie, Cheat and Steal from Those They Love the Most

5 Reasons People Relapse After Years of Sobriety

Shatter the Shame of Addiction

Mothers Who Love an Addict | Alcoholic

Secondhand Drinking Prevention

LGBT Pride Movement – Lessons For the Addiction Recovery Movement?

Even Dogs Experience Secondhand Drinking

Learn More About Lisa Frederiksen, Founder of BreakingTheCycles.com

I am the author of eleven books, five related to my work here, a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, trainer and a Nationally Certified Family Recovery Coach (NCFRC) and Nationally Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (NCRC-1). Click here for summary highlights of what I’ve been doing.

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BreakingTheCycles.com is a WOSB

BreakingTheCycles.com was founded in 2008 as part of Lisa Frederiksen Associates, LLC.
Lisa Frederiksen Associates, LLC, is a self-certified WOSB (Women-Owned Small Business), with the U.S. Small Business Administration, DUNS: 829591275, CAGE: 5BCQ6, https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM


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