Addiction – What Can the Family Do?

What Can the Family Do? This is a question that most family members of an addict struggle with greatly. They often feel helpless and hopeless. Over and over, they ask themselves, “Why is this happening? Why doesn’t our loved one just stop? How could anyone be so self destructive? Why do they keep hurting themselves and Read More …

Addiction and the Family: The Negative Impact and Consequences of Addiction Stigma

The Negative Impact and Consequences of Addiction Stigma on the Families and Friends of Addicts. It is critically important that the family understand that addiction is a grave and chronic brain disease. This is a proven medical fact. So why is there a stigma attached to addiction? Why do family members often feel ashamed and Read More …

A Message to Families: What is Needed for Recovery to be Effective?

Honesty, open-mindedness, and a willingness to ask for and receive help – these are the keys for your family member’s recovery to be successful. The addict is the only person that can admit they have an addiction. The disease itself tells them they don’t have it. Why? No one wants to be an addict or Read More …

Addiction – What Can the Family Do?

This is a question that most family members of an addict struggle with greatly. They often feel helpless and hopeless. Over and over, they ask themselves, “Why is this  happening? Why doesn’t our loved one just stop? How could anyone be so self destructive? Why do they keep hurting themselves and everyone else?” By Charles Read More …

Recovering from Addiction – Multiple Pathways

There is a lot of controversy surrounding drug and alcohol addiction today. The Opioid Epidemic has caused intense media scrutiny around the topic of addiction, not all of it positive. Many still debate whether addiction is a disease. Having been in recovery and studying addiction for the past 50 years I can tell you with Read More …

Recovering from Addiction and Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements

I have been working and studying in the field of mental health and addiction for more than 38 years. Throughout my career I have seen many advances in the treatment of addiction. There is still a long way to go as we face an opioid epidemic that was only recently declared a National State of Read More …