Dominique Simon-Levine

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: “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 | 2017-07-05T12:00:12+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 | 2017-07-10T12:56:07+00:00 June 26th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Recovery, Self-Care|

Podcast: “A House Divided Stands No Chance”

This week Annie and Laurie invite Laurie's husband Trevor and Annie's ex-husband Elliot Sr. to discuss what it means to "be on the same page" during a crisis and when making decisions. The conversation touches on blended families, exposing siblings to potentially dangerous behaviors, intrusions from others, being in agreement even though divorced.

By | 2017-06-21T13:54:29+00:00 June 16th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast, Communication|

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: “Annie and Laurie Tell Their Own Stories”

Laurie and Annie tell their own stories as mothers facing an addicted loved one. They discuss their backgrounds and family dynamics, speak about their lives leading up to and through their personal experiences with the national opiate crisis. Their compelling stories confirm that addiction is a disease and it’s a family disease that can happen to any family in any community.

By | 2017-06-21T10:14:05+00:00 June 6th, 2017|'Coming up for Air' Podcast|