Category : Family System


Today is like every other day. I start it with turning on the shower, walking to the kitchen to feed the cat, to the garage to...

Gail Echeverria
08 Mar, 2018

Intuitive Parenting: Whats That?

Intuitive parenting: Now, you ask yourself what does INTUITIVE parenting mean? Most would even consider those two words to be...

Tonya Meeks
08 Mar, 2018

A New Look at the Origins of Addiction

    Where does addiction come from? The answer has deep implications for treatment, obviously. It\'s my belief that addiction...

Rosemary Ellsworth Brown
12 Sep, 2016

La Escaramuza Familiar: La Realidad Diaria de la...

Al trabajar con la familia adictiva por muchos años he encontrado que hay siete realidades importantes que afectan la...

Susan Jackson, MFT, MS
03 Jun, 2016


A pattern that often forms within a family system that has an addict is the desire to do for someone things that they could, and...

William Woodbury, CADC II,...
03 Jun, 2016

The Family Scrimmage: The Daily Reality of the...

Working with addictive family’s for many years I have found that there are seven major realities that impact the family’s...

Susan Jackson, MFT, MS
05 May, 2015

Becoming Soul Mates and The Impact of Addiction

People often say, “I married my Soul Mate.” But, the fact is that no one marries their Soul Mate. Couples become Soul Mates...

Saleem Noorali
12 Jan, 2015

The Making of an ACoA: Living Behind a Mask

“You could have all the crazy thoughts you wanted, as long as you smiled and kept them to yourself.” ~Maqra Purnhagen, Past...

08 Apr, 2014

Stronger In the Broken Places

In society today, the word “addiction” often creates an image of a person falling down and slobbering drunk. Perhaps a man or...

Jo Ellen Fletcher
04 Dec, 2013

Coercion vs. Responsibility: Dealing with a Loved...

My mother was drunk before eight o’clock this morning. Her voice on the phone sounded contrite, but her tells were there:...

11 Nov, 2013

Secondhand Drinking: It’s Real. It Hurts. And...

We generally do not think much about what happens to people whose paths cross with those of a person who misuses...

Lisa Frederiksen
11 Nov, 2013

Imagery For Kids™: 8 Powerful Healing Tools

Eric had headaches so “hot” and painful, he described them as cannonballs pounding on his head – until he learned to...

Charlotte Reznick, PhD
11 Nov, 2013

The Power of a Message

The intention in writing this article is not to bash parents or caregivers but rather to illustrate, through personal...

Tom Gagliano
11 Nov, 2013

A Meal to Not Remember

The Betty Ford Children’s Program serves such a richly diverse group of families hurt by alcoholism and other drug addiction....

Jerry Moe
11 Nov, 2013

Chronic Pain Management and the Impact on Family...

I’m writing this for people who are living with someone — or care for someone — who is suffering with a chronic pain...

Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead,...
11 Nov, 2013

Camp Mariposa

I had a wonderful experience recently when I attended Camp Mariposa (butterfly in Spanish), a camp for children ages 9-12...

Claudia Black, PhD
11 Nov, 2013

Quick Tips for Divorced Parents

Divorce, even under the most amicable of circumstances, represents a trauma for the family system, impacting not only the...

Jack Hinman
11 Nov, 2013

The Heart of Discipline

An enraged mom pulls her son into my office. At her wits end with her 10-year-old’s acting-out behavior at school, she...

Charlotte Reznick, PhD
11 Nov, 2013

6 Signs Your Alcoholic Loved One May Be Relapsing

For the budding alcoholic/addict in recovery, relapse is all too often a nanosecond away. Even for the well-seasoned soul who...

Carole Bennett, MA
11 Nov, 2013

Single Parents Conquer the Holiday Blues

The holidays, with all their trimmings, have arrived, and for many it is a time for lavish family gatherings and holiday cheer....

Sherry Gaba, LCSW Licensed...
11 Nov, 2013

It’s the Holidays – Are Your Boundaries with...

Here we are again. No sooner have we unwrapped our last miniature Snickers from our Halloween candy stash, when we are bombarded...

Carole Bennett, MA
11 Nov, 2013

The Healing Power of Family Play

Many years ago I happened upon a magical island in the Mediterranean where families from all parts of Europe took their...

Charlotte Reznick, PhD
11 Nov, 2013

Self-Parenting to Prevent Relapse

Introduction: Early recovery is a tricky time.  Early success, feeling fragile. Going one day at a time, often for the first...

Patricia O'Gorman, PhD
11 Nov, 2013

Dear Children

“Sooner or later we must give up all hope of a better yesterday.” Ashley Brilliant wrote that, but I wish I had,because it...

Stephanie Abbott
11 Nov, 2013
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