Affected by a Loved One’s Addiction? “Prodependence” is a Must Read – Scott Brassart

 Dr. Robert Weiss is widely known for his therapeutic work and his books about addiction, in particular sex, porn, and love addiction. His latest book, Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency, is an extension of these efforts, focusing on the ways in which therapists (and the public) view and treat not just addicts, but spouses and family members of addicts. For more than three decades, the primary treatment and recovery model for loved ones of addicts has been codependence, which typically labels efforts to help an addicted or otherwise struggling loved one as enmeshed and enabling. Then, the caregiving family member is identified as codependent and told that he or she needs to “detach with love” or nothing will ever get better. To a person who loves and cares for an addict, the codependence model feels like they’re being blamed and shamed for someone else’s problem. And that doesn’t make a lot… Continue reading

Recovery Advocacy & The Latino Community – By Bill White, Angelo Lagares, & Gaynell Gosselin

One of the distinctive features of the recovery advocacy movement is its commitment to transcend the historical barriers that have separated people within the United States and across the world. I have been particularly moved by the growth of recovery community organizations around the globe. In the U.S., early RCOs within African American communities and within Indian Country were among the midwives of the new recovery advocacy movement. Since then, calls have increased to extend these efforts into Latino, Asian and other ethnic communities within the U.S. The following advocacy essay by Angelo Lagares and Gaynelle Gosselin is a reminder to us all of the import of such inclusiveness. I was very touched by their passion and their eloquence and wish to share their call to action with my readers.  Bill  IMPROVING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH INCLUSION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN RECOVERY ADVOCACY EFFORTS Angelo Lagares, Founder, Latino Recovery Advocates Gaynelle Gosselin, Parent… Continue reading

Attentional Bias in Addiction Recovery – William L White

People addicted to alcohol and other drugs see the world differently. They SEE the world differently as a result of neurocognitive changes in perception that accelerate in tandem with increased tissue tolerance, increased intensity of cellular hunger (craving), and the resulting obsession with maintaining the drug relationship at all costs. As drug seeking, drug procurement, and drug use rise to the top of one’s motivational priorities, one develops attentional bias toward words, symbols, and images linked to these substances. Perceptual preferences for drug-linked stimuli are an essential element within the neurobiology of addiction. In recovery, this perceptual preference is reframed, giving perceptual priority to words, symbols, and images that reinforce the recovery process. The journey from addiction to recovery is marked by extreme ambivalence, particularly during the early stages of recovery, and exposure to these contrasting sets of cues can tip the scales toward either addiction recurrence or the transition… Continue reading

Your Loved One’s Alcohol Problem and CRAFT (An Intervention You’ve Never Heard Of) – By Lee Weber

  In this article you will learn to recognize Alcohol Use Disorder for yourself or a loved one. Then, know how to approach it and where to seek help using CRAFT, the Community Reinforcement and Family Training method. Here, we explain the symptoms, the condition, and where you can turn for help. Read and learn more. The Definition of a “Problem” Hangovers. Missing social, work, or school obligations after a party. Regretful behavior. All of these come with drinking. But are they signs of a drinking “problem”? By definition, unhealthy alcohol use includes any alcohol use that puts your health or safety at risk or causes other alcohol-related problems. If your loved one’s pattern of drinking results in repeated significant distress and problem functioning in his/her daily life, then they likely need professional help. Technically, Alcohol Use Disorder is a pattern of drinking that involves problems with controlling alcohol intake.… Continue reading

The Secret of Relating to your Addicted Son or Daughter – By Lee Weber

Relating to your addicted son or daughter is possible…especially when you learn to practice “tough love”. The most important thought to keep in mind? You are not alone unless you choose to be. Read more about how to relate to your addicted son or daughter here. First, A Range of Emotions Parents of addicted children can sometimes become misguided and misdirected by their emotions. In fact, it’s common for us to feel: Fear Shame Guilt, or Anger …when we first find out about a son’s or daughter’s addiction. For this reason, it is important that – in the beginning – we learn how to deal with our emotions. This article provides parents of drug addicted children with information and resources about the who/what/when/where and how to address substance use disorders. So, continue reading to learn more on the topic of relating to your addicted son or daughter. All of your… Continue reading