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Healing In Its Own Time

Hear from a couple that felt lost and were at their wits end. Tim and Sue knew they needed to find help for their son who was struggling. After engaging with the staff at FRrē they quickly realized they needed to heal and grow themselves, before providing that help for their son. They learned more effective […]

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A Path to Healing From Addiction

In this video you will experience a family’s story about their journey to recovery and healing. When Chris and Michele first came to FRrē, the goal was to “fix” the problem (in their case, it was to “fix” Chris, the alcoholic). Quickly they learned that working with FRrē meant much more than just getting Chris […]

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In Praise of Crisis

In mid-November of 1981 my family gave me a one-way plane ticket from Providence, RI to Minnesota, a 30-day all expenses paid stay at Hazelden, and a stern admonition to not come back. Twenty-nine years old, drinking and drugging daily, no job or other legitimate income, physically and emotionally beat up, rejected by family and […]

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Does Treatment Work?

While the war on drugs rages on and the opioid crisis continues to worsen, the arguments continue: Treatment works! Treatment doesn’t work! The “bad science” of the 12-step modality — if addiction is a disease and not a moral dilemma, why is a moral inventory (step four) prescribed? The answer to the last one is […]

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Unintended Consequences

When I came to work for Family Recovery Resource Experts in January, I knew a little bit of “therapy lingo,” but not as a licensed practitioner. Coming into the role of marketing and outreach, I began to soak up every little thing I could to be able to convey our message correctly and really understand […]

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Why are you asking so many questions?

As your first point of contact here at FRrē, it is my top priority to ensure you feel comfortable and safe sharing information about the situation you and your loved ones are experiencing. It can be difficult to recount this information. Please understand that my goal in asking questions, some of which may be quite […]

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Dynamic Family Workshops

One of the services offered by FRrē is what we call the Dynamic Family Workshop. The workshop is typically a two-day experiential event, although it can be crafted to last anywhere from a half-day to three days. The process begins with the FRrē team gathering information from one family or multiple families to develop the […]

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Enabling Negative Behavior

Enabling is a term you hear quite a bit in the recovery community. It comes with a negative connotation. Family and friends are warned not to enable. When I think of enabling, I typically think, “that’s something I should stop” or “enabling is negative.” Enabling, by definition, is to give (someone or something) the authority […]

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The God Concept in Alcoholics Anonymous

If you go to a 12-step meeting such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, you’re gonna hear the G word: “God.” I have had clients reject the idea of AA or NA solely because they were atheist and they were uncomfortable or even insulted by the idea that a god would help them with their […]

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Why is Trauma a Four-Letter Word for So Many Men?

“Don’t cry.” “Don’t ask for help.” “Always be in control.” “Don’t display any vulnerability.” “Don’t acknowledge pain.” “Don’t be weak!” In my previous blog post “Why Gender Matters,” we looked at how these messages are communicated to men in a variety of ways throughout the course of their lives. The messages calcify into “rules” that […]

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