Category Archives: Family & Addiction

Boundaries Make Good Recovery

When we were using we didn’t have good boundaries. In early recovery we experienced them being set for us. Then, in later recovery we learned to set them as we began to practice self-care. In “Out of the Woods” I … Continue reading

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What Constitutes a Spiritual Awakening?

Awakenings of the spirit come in many different shapes and sizes One of the core characteristics that makes people vulnerable to addiction (and is also amplified as a consequence of active addiction) is a sense of internal emptiness—a pervasive feeling … Continue reading

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11-th Hour Volunteers

Last evening I was sitting in a hospice meeting for what are called 11-th Hour Volunteers. That is, we sit with patients who are actively dying if they are otherwise alone, or if the family needs respite from the vigil. … Continue reading

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No New Amends

As long-term recovery continues, our step work also continues. Many of the things we did in step-work become life habits. Making amends is in that category. I talk about this in my book “Out of the Woods”. Over the last … Continue reading

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Eating Disorder Treatment Webinar & Therapist Highlight

Dr. Brad Reedy will be broadcasting an interactive webinar on the treatment and recovery of Eating Disorders on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Mountain Time). Reviewing the book, Making Peace with Your Plate, by Robyn … Continue reading

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Lean In–Go Toward

Has this happened to you: You learn a recovery skill, or a strategy in early recovery that –over time– kind of slips away, and then later you get to revive it? In “Out of the Woods” I write about this … Continue reading

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I Had No Idea: Spotting an Eating Disorder

“I had no idea,” a radio host said to me after I’d explained my experiences with an eating disorder. “I had no idea,” the physician said as I was educating her on symptoms to look for in patients who may … Continue reading

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Recovery is a Process

Arrested development is a sad relative that accompanies the already nasty beast that is addiction. Which means: the emotional development of an addict becomes arrested at the time, stage-in-life, level of maturity, that addiction began (Chapter 6, IT’S NOT ABOUT … Continue reading

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A Recovery Life is a Real Life

Most of us in “double-digit” recovery have learned that the twelve steps and working a program are part of a good life, but we also know that these do not protect us from illness, job troubles, problems with kids and … Continue reading

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The Three “C’s” of Coping with an Addict

Hovering. Mothers do this from day one with their newborns. We search their body language, their cries, their coos, and their giggles to ascertain what they are telling us about their needs, their wants, what is working and what is … Continue reading

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