Reintegration

For years I avoided going out socially, like having coffee or walking with friends. The disease was seeping fast through our home, and there was nothing I could

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Time on the Water

Time on the water on my brother’s boat in Maryland always brought peace and serenity to me. It also brought a much needed break and laughs.  I didn’t

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Time Lost

One of the easiest things for us to feel toward our alcoholic or addict is resentment for time lost. Time lost with children during their golden years of

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Acceptance

Acceptance is knowing there’s something greater than me. Acceptance that this was my new journey, and that this was my new life, was one of the hardest things

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Where to Start

The feeling of being stuck. When you have absolutely no control over his or her behaviors, actions, words, or their impact on you and your family. How does

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You have a Newly Addicted Family Member: How to Get Started

Where to begin... This is all new. This is scary. Where do I even start? Ask for help. If possible, seek a doctor or therapist to help guide

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Taking The Time To Make A Simple Sandwich

A simple act of kindness towards yourself, especially when your loved one is experiencing an emotional valley, is crucial. Yesterday I made the time to make a healthy

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Coping vs. Enabling

Attempting to distinguish between coping vs. enabling skills can be tough to determine, especially if you are new to this disease. Or, if you are so far down

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The Top Ten Things I Would Tell Myself Now

Sometimes I wish I could sit myself down before I started running this chaotic path. If I could, this is what I would say: Walk, don’t run. Literally.

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Pieces of You

Dreams can do funny things. They can make you recall moments and people of the past, and sometimes give you a glimpse into the “what ifs.”  Inevitably, we

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