Laurie MacDougall

About Laurie MacDougall

Laurie MacDougall is the mother of three, and a former high school math teacher, residing in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work at Boston University. MacDougall 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.

I’m Trying to Set Boundaries but It’s Not Working

Why is it that setting and maintaining boundaries is so difficult to do? Nowhere does this breakdown become more apparent than when we are confronted with life’s difficulties, feeling lost in chaos and despair. This is a time when we are most in need of these self-preserving strategies and yet, our limit-setting abilities are likely at their weakest.

By | 2018-01-04T11:44:22+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Communication, Guest Bloggers|

I Found Comfort in the Chaos

When a loved one enters treatment, there is often a feeling of emptiness which comes suddenly after a prolonged period of anxiety and stress. The source of constant focus and worry has gone off into treatment but the strong emotions associated with their presence may linger. Laurie MacDougall shares how she coped in this situation, learning how to let go and take care of herself.

By | 2017-11-26T21:10:08+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Guest Bloggers, Recovery, Self-Care|

What I Did to Get Better (part 2): Small Steps to a Better Place

My healing did not come easily and did not come overnight. It has been an extremely difficult journey and I am still not great at it. It took really small baby steps and there are still many times when I just lose it and cry. What is different now is I have a bunch of tools in my toolbox to utilize. I have strategies and a plan in place.

By | 2017-11-26T21:19:42+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Guest Bloggers, Self-Care|