Self-Care

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 | 2017-07-13T11:59:32+00:00 July 5th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Recovery, Self-Care|

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 | 2017-07-10T12:56:07+00:00 June 26th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Recovery, Self-Care|

Podcast: “Am I Being Manipulated? Am I Manipulative?”

Manipulation is used as a strong arm tactic when there is no healthy communication: "Healthy families communicate, unhealthy families manipulate". In this podcast, Laurie and Annie discuss their own experiences with manipulation. How do we recognize manipulation when it's present? How do we as affected family actually manipulate as well?

By | 2017-06-21T10:16:37+00:00 June 13th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, 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 | 2017-06-09T14:09:52+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Guest Bloggers, Recovery, Self-Care|

Podcast: “CRAFT! Where Have You Been All My Life?”

In today's podcast, Annie and Laurie welcome Allies in Recovery founder, Dominique Simon-Levine, to explain the CRAFT method for helping families support an addicted loved one into treatment and through recovery. They share their personal experiences in implementing the CRAFT methodology and why it became their 'strategy of choice' not only in helping their addicted loved one, but also in looking after their own well-being.

By | 2017-06-21T10:13:08+00:00 May 30th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, CRAFT, Self-Care|

Reaching Level 10 Stress…and Stepping Away

The long-term stress I experienced caused me to become very forgetful, hasty in my decisions, confused and socially awkward. I also noticed that during that time of my life I became very clumsy. It became obvious to me that I was heading for a crash if I didn’t get ahead of my stress. I knew I had to develop different responses. I knew that I didn't want addiction, terror and chaos calling the shots anymore.

By | 2017-06-08T08:51:12+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Guest Bloggers, Recovery, Self-Care|

Is Your Hope at the Mercy of Others?

Through recovery work, I have learned to stop expecting people to be different and to reduce the frustration that comes from trying to cause a person to get better, or trying to mold them into how I think they should be (even if it’s reasonable). When I put these demands and expectations down, I can love people for who they actually are.

By | 2017-06-08T08:51:59+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Guest Bloggers, Self-Care|