Coming Up for Air brings together two Allies in Recovery moms, for thoughtful discussion of topics pertaining to addiction in the family. Our hope in bringing you these podcasts is that you will relate to the experiences described by Laurie and Annie, that you will learn from them and be reminded that you are NOT. ALONE.
Meet our hosts:
Laurie MacDougall is the mother of three, and a former high school math teacher, residing in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston University. She is particularly interested in how community organizations can improve the impact they have on the opiate epidemic. Laurie’s overarching goal is to end the stigma associated with the disease of addiction, through education. She loves skiing and ice hockey, and is at her happiest when spending time with her family.
Annie Highwater is a long distance runner, health and wellness advocate, and researcher of behavioral science. She is particularly interested in family pathology and concepts of dysfunction and conflict. Annie resides in Columbus, Ohio where she enjoys writing, hiking, the great outdoors. She also visits her son in Southern California as often as possible. In 2016, Annie published her memoir, Unhooked: A Mother’s Story of Unhitching from the Roller Coaster of Her Son’s Addiction. The story is especially relevant in helping us all understand the personal challenges facing parents and family members, and how family dynamics both help and hinder the recovery process.
You can also check out Allies in Recovery’s blog, where Laurie and Annie are both contributors.
In this episode, Annie and Laurie welcome Dominique Simon-Levine, Ph.D to explain the CRAFT method for helping families support an addicted loved one into treatment and through recovery. Dominique explains the softer, more effective approach versus arguing or surprise party interventions. Laurie & Annie share examples of self-care and the CRAFT strategy at work in their own lives.
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