How many times have you heard that if a person wants recovery they’ll figure it out? The first time Helanna wanted to try Suboxone she didn’t have insurance so we went to a free clinic that didn’t take appointments. We went there and waited all day 3 days in a row until she finally got […]
Information about addiction that will help you understand your child’s behavior.
EP90 Understanding The Back and Forth of Ambivalence in Recovery with Guest Pam Lanhart – Living With Your Child’s Addiction Podcast
This transcript has not been formatted or edited other than to add names. 00:00 Heather Hi, everybody. Today’s guest is Pam Lanhart. And she was on the podcast last year in September. This was not Pam. We just realized that before the episode. And Pam is from Thrive Family Recovery Services or Resources. And we
This transcript has not been formatted or edited other than to add names. Heather Hi, everybody. Our guest today, Mary Tilson, is a certified professional recovery coach, trauma informed yoga and meditation teacher and the founder of Sun and Moon Sober Living. Having experienced profound shifts as a result of her decision to get sober
When I got the toxicology results that confirmed Helanna’s death was from fentanyl poisoning I called the police officer that informed me of my daughter’s death. I wanted to know if there would be an investigation so this didn’t happen to anyone else. The conversation with the police officer and the confirmation that it was
If you’re struggling with anxiety, fear, and panic about your child’s addiction this playlist is for you. So many struggling parents have reached out to me about this lately so I am putting some of my favorite podcasts and videos in one place for you. Listen as many times as you need to and take
This week I got to interview my daughter. You’ve been hearing my experience of her addiction so I think that it’s important to hear what her experience was like as well. Some of the things we talked about: · What was it like when I looked to you to be ok to make me
An important part of supporting yourself and your child who is struggling with addiction is questioning all your old beliefs and creating intentional new ones that serve you. This video is one of the resources that helped me form my new beliefs about addiction because the connection aspect and findings of the research resonated with
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Once someone is addicted, they’re not using drugs to feel good; they’re using drugs just to feel “normal”. Behavioral changes are directly linked to the drug user’s changing brain.
Why you have to be like Wonder Woman and change your approach to parenting when your child is using substances
My robot vacuum (her name is Wonder Woman) reminds me of how I approached my daughter’s substance use when it first started. Several days in a row while I was sitting at my desk working, I noticed Wonder Woman was struggling to get into my office. The transition into my office is higher than the
Buffering is using any false pleasure like drugs, food, alcohol, shopping, gambling, people, social media, or anything else outside of ourselves to avoid experiencing our feelings. Those external substances create temporary or momentary feelings of comfort, but they don’t last. It’s a short term solution to a long term problem that often creates more consequences
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the part of the brain where risks are assessed, impulses are controlled, and plans are made to reach goals. The PFC is not fully developed until 25 years old on average. That is why teens are more likely to engage in risky or impulsive behavior. In addition to your teen’s
How your child’s substance use affects their natural dopamine levels and what happens when they try to stop using substances
As you read this, keep in mind this is JUST ONE FACTOR, one chemical, that is affected when dealing with substance use. Dopamine is the brain’s way of rewarding us or nature’s way of rewarding the brain for activities like eating and sex that are necessary to the survival of our species. Dopamine makes us