Where is the Antabuse?

While we are all facing the limitations of our health care system during this pandemic, some people suffering from alcohol use disorder have been struggling unnecessarily for months due to a sudden and unexplained shortage of a life saving medication, disulfiram.  Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition that kills thousands of people every month […]

Responding to Ambivalence

Have you ever wished someone you love would change? Wished they would eat healthier or quit smoking. Wished they would stop spending so much money on things they can’t afford? Wished they would go see a doctor since they are so clearly depressed? If the answer is yes, you probably have some experience interacting with […]

Too Much Help!!

If you have kids, you might remember a time when s/he was young and you felt really worried about how best to take care of your vulnerable child. When you were making so many important decisions – like when you introduce solid foods, or how to handle their first fight with a friend – you […]

Helping Others Help You

If you are a parent or partner worried about a loved one’s substance use, you are very likely stressed out! Not just by the horrors of substance use itself, but also from the questions and comments you get from others: “Boy, I saw your husband last night… Yikes!” “I’ve been meaning to ask you… At […]

Falling Into Line in an Effort to Help Your Child

In the May edition of the newsletter we started a discussion about developing alignment with your partner/caregiver to achieve more of your goals in helping your child with their substance use choices. We outlined a list of questions about how you historically have collaborated with your co-parent. What have your patterns been in working together? […]

Finding Balance when Helping

Let’s be honest: loving someone with an alcohol/drug problem can be brutal. Fear, anxiety, hope, disappointment, painful truths, even more painful lies. And…as long as there’s still love, there’s a lot to keep fighting and hoping for. But what to do? How to respond? What does “keep fighting” or helping really look like? You may […]

Making Space for Quiet Reflection

Who wants to make a New Year’s Resolution? Nobody! They can feel trite, forced, and pointless: Why now? Will it really last? With all the problems in the world, what behavior change would even make a dent? The articles we usually write are about how to take small steps toward change, be SMART about goals (Specific, […]

Building Resilience Part II: How to Manage Your Emotions

Being resilient means being able to face adversity and cope well enough that you recover relatively quickly. In Part 1 of our resilience discussion in the March newsletter, we reviewed the ways that your perspective can actually mitigate some negative effects of stress. Now in Part 2, we’ll discuss the research that tells us about […]

The Dangers of Secrecy . . . For a Prince

Prince was a beloved, lauded musician who will be terribly missed. He was known for his great musical gifts and tremendous stage presence. And he was also known for being substance-free: it was commonly recognized that he did not allow drinking, smoking, or drug use by anyone in his home or work. And yet recent […]

Building Resilience Part 1: How to Thrive Through Stress

Most any self-improvement article or book will advise you of the perils of stress: sleep disruption, increases in the stress hormone cortisol, cardiac stress, depression, irritability, obesity, relationship disruption, and a tendency to isolate. Chronic stress in particular is correlated to some degree with all of these negative effects and more. While this all sounds […]

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