March 26, 2015

Managing the Chaos of Addiction in the Family

Chavonne - Addiction ConversationToday’s guest, Chavonne Long didn’t know what to do when she realized her son had an addiction. Rather that react, she responded. Her response was to learn everything about addiction, the impact that her son’s drug of choice had on his brain and on his recovery, and she set out to manage how the family would interact and communicate in the face of this issue.

It wasn’t always smooth or easy. It was like learning a foreign language. She did it.

Addiction can and does destroy families. Today’s podcast offers constructive perspectives on how to minimize or better manage the impact of addiction on the family.

In this podcast, we cover three critical learning areas for parents who are struggling with addiction in their family:

  1. How to create and define expectations for everyone, including the one with the addiction, that facilitates respect, communication, and understanding;
  2. The critical importance of self-care in coming from place of strength and clarity in managing this issue;
  3. The power that comes from being open, vulnerable and accessible in your external world. Hiding is not healing. Healing only comes when you bring your issue into the open to find and discover those who can and will help you on your journey.

My gratitude to Chavonne for sharing her message with us today. I know you will all appreciate her perspectives and insights. Peace.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.