March 29, 2017

Letting emotions get in your way

In last week’s blog, I reflected on the pressure parents put on themselves to maintain the perception everything is perfect in their home by referencing the fictitious television family, Ozzie and Harriet, as some faux standard of the perfect family dynamic. Today, every family is struggling with something. The real pressure is based on the […]

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March 21, 2017

Ozzie and Harriet are long gone

One only need to look at any of the trending barometers to know the perfect family is a television fantasy. Examine the increasing rates of divorce, unemployment and job displacement, bankruptcies, all forms of addiction, suicide, infidelity, mental health and prescription drug usage. Does anyone honestly believe every family doesn’t have something going on inside […]

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January 3, 2017

Despite the chaos, looking forward to 2017

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theaddictionconversation/Looking_forward_010217.mp3 “No matter how dark the present appears, I choose to live for the promise of the future…” This was the first quote I celebrated as I completed my first 100Pedals bike ride on January 1, 2011.  It has been six years since I made the decision that my life, despite the chaos of my […]

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December 20, 2016

Learning to manage what you can control

http://traffic.libsyn.com/theaddictionconversation/Managing_what_you_control.mp3 Nothing disrupts or interrupts peace or joy more than adversity. Life would be so much simpler and easier if we just didn’t have to deal with conflict. In the world of a parent of child with substance abuse issues, the disruptions can often become overwhelming. The other day I was coaching a parent about […]

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