You’re Not Crazy, Just Human

As a behavioral health professional, I sometimes find myself wishing I could “cure” people. In fact, sometimes I wish I could cure myself. Then I remember two things: It’s not my job to fix you, it’s yours. “Curing” someone in many cases would mean robbing them of their very humanness.   As human beings we […]

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A Mother’s Guilt

The night before Valentine’s Day, I arrived home around 6 p.m. After a 40-minute commute, I picked up my three children, made dinner, cleaned up dinner, and supervised the making of a Valentine’s box. Then I painstakingly assisted my youngest child in writing out his classroom Valentines to ensure he spelled each name correctly, per […]

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Family Systems Key to Lasting Recovery

Substance use disorders and mental health issues can affect friends and family just as much as the individual experiencing difficulties. While the focus naturally gravitates towards the individual, effective treatment and recovery involves the entire family system. This is why Family Recovery Resource Experts puts family systems at the heart of everything we do, bringing […]

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Women Face Unique Challenges in Addiction Recovery

From outside influences telling them they have to be perfect to inside motivations to shut out emotions, young women face a number of unique challenges when seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. It’s critical to break down barriers and empower women to embrace themselves and their own recovery. A return to vulnerability Often, women […]

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A Child’s Role in Family Recovery

Addiction is a family disease. When one family member has a substance use disorder, it affects everyone else in the family, including children. As unintended victims, many children do not receive the mental health care they need to help process their situation while maintaining healthy relationships and a strong sense of self-worth. At Family Recovery […]

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Family Relationships Can Hold the Key to Change

Relationships between family members are often tested more frequently and more fiercely than any other relationships in our lives. The trials of life can push those bonds to the brink and strain our feelings of love and compassion. But for someone struggling with addiction or another behavioral health issue, family ties can be among the […]

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Overcoming Labels and the Shame They Create


Many think of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction as a physical and emotional process for only the individual with “the problem.” Creating the important healing within families starts with the language used toward one another. Although language may seem to pale in comparison to the physical grip of addiction, the words used among a […]

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Five Ways to Support Your Family as a Loved One Enters Treatment

Your loved one has finally agreed to enter treatment for addiction or mental health issues. If they’re going to in-patient treatment, you’re ready to drop them off at the facility. If it’s an outpatient program, they’ve got the start date marked on the calendar. While you may be relieved that they’re taking this important step, […]

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Minimizing Damage from a Substance Use Disorder Crisis in the Family

How we handle a crisis is as important as dealing with the issue itself. This is especially true when a family is dealing with a substance use disorder. Of course, the primary aim is to stabilize the situation. That can mean getting someone into treatment, getting them medically stabilized or possibly performing an intervention. But […]

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Is This a Crisis?

It might take an outside viewpoint to recognize behavioral health dysfunction in your family. There’s a saying about a frog jumping into a pot of water on the stove. As the water heats up, the frog continually adjusts to the new temperature until he’s being boiled alive. Families dealing with addiction or behavioral health problems […]

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