You Deserve A Break! Suggestions for Daily Living

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You Deserve a Break!  Suggestions for Daily Living What about the mental health of the sober parent?  Don’t they also suffer anxiety and depression, low self-esteem while trying to “control” the behavior of a child who is clearly out-of-control? Drug addiction affects the whole family; it alters the family dynamic.  It can deteriorate a person’s…

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Looking in the Rear View Mirror of My Son’s Addiction

Since your child was born, you have tried to be a “good-enough” parent.  This obligation, skill set includes comforting and reducing his “boo-boos” to lessen the hurt. When the child was older, you could somewhat control his behavior, although it became harder, with a carrot.  For example, if you mow the lawn, you can stay…

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What Doctors Don’t Tell You About “Benzos!”

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Withdrawals from Benzodiazepines (colloquially called “Benzos”), prescription depressant drugs that cause sedation, hypnosis, and relieve anxiety as well as muscle spasms, are coming under scrutiny from its users.  Intended for short-term use only for sedation, anxiety, amnesia or prior to anaesthesia, the effects can be devastating for long-term usage, even after these Class IV drugs…

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How To Manage Stress

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April is National Stress Awareness Month.  Boy, as children get older, they face stress because of academics, family dynamics, extra -curricular pressures and social media influences, sometimes simultaneously. In a Centers and Disease Control and Prevention’s study that was published on March 31, 2022  these alarming findings pointed to “youth in crisis:” More than a…

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Looking Beyond The Peephole of Addiction

Bev Kelley-Miller

There are many books about addiction.  Some are written by mothers who give you a glance into their private world of what it’s like having a daughter who is NOT in recovery when the book begins such as if you love me: A mother’s journey through her daughter’s opioid addiction (Henry Holt: 2018) by Maureen…

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The Most Widely Available In-Your-Face Drug: Alcohol

Last October, a study released by University of Michigan researchers reported that nearly one in five Americans turned to “heavy drinking” to cope with the pandemic Covid-19.  While the liquor business was declared “essential business,” and consequently could remain open during this time, the national list for people seeking liver transplants rose by 50%.  Alcoholic…

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Founder of “Moms of Adult Addicts, Moms Thriving Together” Shares Tips During Nat’l Recovery Month

Pamela Evans, started a Facebook group called “Moms of Adult Addicts, Moms Thriving Together.”  This group, formed in 2019, now has 11.4 K members.  There is obviously a need for sharing stories, gaining insights, giving tips to members who are “new” to addiction within a family, and empathizing with those who are “wits end” trying…

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“Honey works Better than Vinegar”: Contingency Management Programs in Recovery

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If you’ve never heard of a contingency management program in out or in-patient treatment centers, it’s because it’s under utilized.  It’s a behavior modification system in which rewards are contingent on staying abstinent.  It’s also called “carrot-and-stick” method where you are rewarded for positive behavior – much like motivating a child to clean up his…

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