Recovery

Learning to Mother Again

The family drug court is granting this mother in recovery more access to her child. But the grandparents, who are raising their granddaughter, are concerned that their daughter is not ready. How can they support their daughter when they themselves are unsure of her ability to return to parenting?

By | 2018-02-14T14:53:44+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Communication, Recovery|

An Extract from David Sheff’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

David Sheff's story about his son's addiction and recovery has led him to several realizations about himself as a parent his own need to recover from the experience. He found that his constant suffering and struggle through near crises with his son was easier to deal with than focusing on himself. Today, their relationship has evolved into one of independence, acceptance, compassion and always love.

By | 2018-02-06T13:02:03+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Recovery, Self-Care|

Will She Relapse if She Goes Back to College?

When a child goes off to college while in recovery, a parent is justifiably worried. Suddenly their child is far from home, where there was a strong support system that guided them into recovery. Colleges today however, are much more aware of substance use disorders and many have adapted accordingly. With some planning ahead, students can maintain their sobriety in college.

By | 2017-12-11T11:15:21+00:00 October 17th, 2017|CRAFT, Recovery|

Podcast: “Good Time Charlies : A Conversation with Award-Winning Journalist Rob Koebel”

Special guest Rob Koebel, actor, writer and award-winning journalist joins Annie and Laurie to talk about about his descent into alcoholism starting at an early age, and the decades that went by without anyone noticing there was a serious problem. His journey to recovery has been a long struggle but one which he is putting to good use by helping others understand the reality behind the "Good-time Charlie" drinker.

By | 2017-11-26T21:44:49+00:00 October 17th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Recovery|

Podcast: “Handling All of the Parallel Struggles”

Annie and Laurie open up about the parallel issues that can arise during the worst of times. With their sons' addiction raging, they also had to deal with what was going on on other fronts: chaos, crises, judgement, family discord. They learned how to respond to other's remarks, and not react to them, how to stay united and not sink.

By | 2017-11-26T21:50:22+00:00 July 5th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Recovery, Self-Care|

Podcast: “Interview with Annie’s Son Elliot”

On this week's Coming Up for Air podcast, Annie and Laurie talk with Annie's son Elliot, whose opiate dependency and recovery is detailed in Annie's book "Unhooked." Elliot opens up with an honest, raw perspective of where a son or daughter's mind might be while in active addiction, what would have helped from his point of view, what to not take personally as the parent of someone struggling deep in substance use disorder. He also tells us what life looks like for someone in their 20's pursuing sobriety yet wanting a fun, active lifestyle.

By | 2017-11-26T21:51:36+00:00 June 26th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Communication, Recovery|

Podcast: “How Useful Are These Support Groups Anyway?”

In this week's podcast, Laurie and Annie compare support group experiences. They discuss what is helpful and what works, the importance of being among others who experience the same struggles. They also learned to be careful in some of these tricky group settings where giving support was sometimes equated with giving advice.

By | 2017-11-26T21:52:52+00:00 June 26th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Recovery, Self-Care|

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|