How to Support Your Adult Child Who Needs a Higher Level of Care

February 18th, 2019 // // Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

As parents, there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for our children, especially when it comes to helping them live their best lives. We want to see our...

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Building New Holiday Traditions in Eating Disorder Recovery

December 23rd, 2018 // // Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The holidays are marked by traditions to celebrate a season of joy and to create memories with the family and friends we love. But what if you’ve...

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Will Diets Work in 2019? A Closer Look at Dieting and Eating Disorders

December 17th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Years ago, December was a time for Ed and I to think about New Year’s resolutions. I was in an abusive marriage with him for over twenty...

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How Exposure Response Prevention Can Help Overcome Anxiety in Eating Disorder Recovery

November 26th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the many individuals who suffer from an eating disorder, including anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, anxiety is often an underlying issue. Anxiety, in its many...

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The Trauma/Addiction Cycle

June 13th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

Addiction encourages trauma and trauma can encourage addiction. This process becomes a vicious circle or negative feedback loop, with trauma contributing to addiction, which in turn fuels...

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Growing Up With An Addicted Parent

April 16th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

I remember as a twelve year old, sitting alone in our living room after one of our by then typical family meltdowns...trying to make sense of the pain...

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Alcohol Awareness Month: “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a rite of passage”

April 11th, 2018 // // Tags: , , ,

The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) is promoting their 32nd Annual Alcohol Awareness month this April. The theme for this year encompasses the idea...

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Does everyone with an addiction to mood altering substances have trauma?

April 4th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , ,

This interesting question has been posed to me numerous times over my 29 years of treating addictive disorders. Well, what is the answer? One answer is “I...

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For Family Advocate Jerry Law, Freedom is Recovery’s Greatest Gift

October 11th, 2016 // // Tags: , , , , , ,

DAN: What is the greatest gift recovery has given you toward being the man you always knew you could be? JERRY: Really, there’s a one-word answer for...

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Michael Phelps on Overcoming Self-Loathing, Emotional Trauma

May 16th, 2016 // // Tags: , , ,

In the interview, Phelps talks about his struggles with self-loathing, binge-drinking, and apathy before his time at The Meadows. He also talks about how resolving some painful...

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