What is Evidence-Based Treatment?

By Joanna Conti on Jan 25, 2016 in Finding the Best Treatment

You may have been advised to look for a treatment program that uses evidence-based treatment.  This charming video explains what this means and why this is good advice.

Transform Your Enabling Style into a Strength

By Nancy Clifford on Jan 13, 2016 in Families in Recovery

When addiction invades your home, it forces you to try to figure out how you might be able to help a child who seems beyond reach. Study your unique style of enabling to find your hidden strengths.

Worried Your Child Might Have a Problem with Drugs or Alcohol?

By Joanna Conti on Dec 23, 2015 in Helping An Addict

If you’ve noticed one or more signs that your son or daughter might be drinking too much or using dangerous drugs, here's what you need to know.

How to Tell If Your Child Has a Drug or Alcohol Problem

By Joanna Conti on Sep 22, 2015 in Helping An Addict

If you’re worried that your child may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, there’s a good chance your suspicions are correct.  While there are undoubtedly parents who worry unnecessarily, far more parents are clueless about how much and how often their kids are getting drunk or high.

Finding the Route to Recovery

By Nancy Clifford on Sep 04, 2015 in Families in Recovery

As parents of addicts, we each have our own “catastrophe” story. Whether we meet in support groups or battle alone, we become “initiated” into a club we never wished to join, as parents of sons and daughters with a potentially deadly, progressive brain disease.

A Letter To My Children

By Christine Suhan on Sep 02, 2015 in Stories from Parents

The genetic odds are not in your favor. You undoubtedly have the propensity to become addicted. But hear this, my sweet child. There is another way. And you don’t have to walk through hell to find it.

Want to Support Your Child's Recovery? Stop Rescuing!

By Nancy Clifford on Aug 22, 2015 in Families in Recovery

When parents finally “come in off the street” to get help with the serious substance abuse of their addicted child, in many ways we closely resemble our down-and-out addict with our worn, drawn faces, vacant stares, and slumped shoulders.

Should I Say Something About Their Drinking?

By Laura McKowen on Aug 18, 2015 in Helping An Addict

"I have worried about an extended family member's drinking for many years.  This family member is functional but drinks far more than is healthy.  This person is also very defensive (in general) and I do not think they would be open to hearing concern from me or anyone else... Should we wait until this person reaches out to us?  Do people now ever say to you how worried they were, and you wonder, "well, why the heck didn't you say something?!"