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: “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|

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|

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|

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|

You Oughta Be Ashamed of Yourself!

Positive reinforcement, as basic and childlike as that sounds, is a motivating force for progress. Speaking to someone’s goodness despite their wrong choices unlocks their worth. “You’re not a bad person, you’re just headed in a bad direction.” Or maybe “You shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself, maybe just aware of faulty patterns so you can choose different ones.” That’s a great way to start motivating someone. Versus, “I told you so, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

By | 2017-06-08T08:52:44+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Guest Bloggers, 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 | 2017-06-08T08:53:11+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Guest Bloggers, Self-Care|