Episode

EP97 Saving Lives: The Never Use Alone Hotline’s Role In Overdose Prevention with Guest Mike Brown

In this podcast episode, guest Mike Brown, president and founder of the Never Use Alone Hotline (NUA), shares his journey from substance use to becoming a recovery advocate. Mike started NUA in response to his experience with the treatment industry, focusing on harm reduction and overdose prevention. NUA operates as a peer-led nonprofit, offering support […]

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EP96 Respecting Autonomy While Positively Influencing Your Child with Guest Lara Okoloko LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lara Okoloko and Heather discuss the delicate balance of influence and autonomy in parent-child relationships, particularly in the context of addiction. Lara empathizes with parents caught in the bind of being blamed for the negative aspects of enabling without receiving any credit for the positive influence they may have. She shares

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EP95 Nourishing Hope: An Expert’s Compassionate Approach to Eating Disorders with Guest Alice Baker

Your Questions Answered. A few months back, Heather reached out to her Facebook group to inquire about their burning questions on eating disorders. Why? Because navigating a child’s struggle with both substance use and an eating disorder can feel like playing an endless game of whack-a-mole. Just as you address one issue, another one seems

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EP94 Regret Free Interactions and The Art of Connection

Do you want regret free interactions and a stronger connection with your child? The art of authentic communication takes you from resentment to connection. You can find out how to achieve this result while taking care of yourself. This podcast episode takes an emotional turn, as the host shares her journey of self-awareness and vulnerability.

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EP93 Cultivate Connection, Effective Communication, and Insight With Your Child by Understanding Memory Distortion and Recollection

The pain of feeling disconnected from your child can be overwhelming, but there are powerful ways to shift your approach and create the deep, meaningful connection you desire. Empathy, compassion, and effective communication are at the root of human connection. They’re also a critical component of shaping your experience of your child’s addiction. When you

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EP92 Unlearning Shame: A Mom’s Path to Harm Reduction with Guest Kathleen Cochran

Does this sound familiar? As a parent of a child struggling with addiction, you may have been told to use tough love and set strict rules to help them recover. However, this approach can often lead to feelings of guilt, frustration, and helplessness as you watch your child continue to struggle or get worse. It’s

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EP91 Discover the Healing Power of Personal Stories: Empowerment Through Embodiment With Author Debby Kerr-Henry

In a world full of responsibilities and societal expectations you may find that instead of the self-discovery and empowerment you crave, you’re left feeling disconnected and unseen. It’s all too common for women to lose themselves in their various life roles, especially under the immense pressure of helping a child struggling with substance use. Yet,

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EP90 Understanding The Back and Forth of Ambivalence in Recovery with Guest Pam Lanhart

Heather and Pam Lanhart from Thrive Family Recovery Resources dive deep into a topic that’s often misunderstood in the world of recovery: ambivalence. It can be one of the most challenging aspects that families face when dealing with a loved one’s journey towards change. Ambivalence is complex but often oversimplified and stigmatized which leads to

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EP89 How To Find Peace And Possibility Beyond The Pain With Author Barb Klein Part 2 of 2

Living your life fully and wholeheartedly even when you’re in a challenging place. That’s the focus of part 2 of Heather’s conversation with Barb Klein, Family Recovery Coach and the Author of 111 Invitations Step Into the Full Richness of Life. Topics covered in this episode: How not to abandon yourself Honoring yourself Cultivating a heart

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EP88 How To Find Peace And Possibility Beyond The Pain With Author Barb Klein Part 1 of 2

Author of 111 Invitations Step Into the Full Richness of Life and Family Recovery Coach Barb Klein shares her experience loving and supporting her son Nate through his struggles with substances and an eating disorder for over 13 years. She shares how it’s important to live your life fully and independent of your child’s experience

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EP87 Addiction, Recovery, and The Human Condition with Guest Mary Tilson

Mary Tilson is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, Trauma-informed Yoga and Meditation Teacher, the Founder of Sun & Moon Sober Living, and a person in long-term recovery. There is so much you can learn by listening to Mary’s journey from substance use to recovery. Instead of focusing on your differences, Mary’s story offers a chance

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EP86 CRAFT’s Family-Centered Healing Approach With Guest Gail Embt From Recovery Club America

Learn the unique advantages of using Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to support your child’s recovery journey with guest Gail Embt, a Certified CRAFT Clinician. CRAFT offers powerful tools, yet many professionals and parents who need it don’t know about it. Whether you’re seeking solutions or understanding, this episode offers valuable insights to support

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EP85 Regulating Emotions to Cultivate Connection with Author Susie Armstrong

In this episode, we hear from Susie Armstrong, a multi-talented writer, healer, actor, artist, mother, and one of the key figures in Heather’s recovery journey for 8 years.  Every time you’ve heard Heather refer to her counselor, she’s talking about Susie. Susie’s journey has been shaped by her unique experiences and her commitment to sharing

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EP84 Closing The Gap Between Havoc and Hope With Author Michelle Weidenbenner

Heather talks to Michelle Weidenbenner the founder of Moms Letting Go and the All-Mighty Mom Tribe. Michelle is a passionate advocate, podcaster, and author dedicated to stopping the stigma of substance use disorder and providing hope, courage, and support to moms with addicted loved ones. Her latest book, “Unhackable Moms of Addicted Loved Ones, Closing

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EP83 Practicing Conscious Bravery with author Pamela Brinker

In this episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with author Pamela Brinker, whose book “Conscious Bravery: Caring for Someone with Addiction” explores the intersection of parenting and substance use. Pamela shares her personal experiences and insights, starting with her journey that led her to write the book. We dive into the concept of conscious

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EP81 “The Enabler” Stigmatized Just Like Addiction with Guest Andrea Seydel from Saving You is Killing Me

Join Heather and guest Andrea Seydel from the Saving You is Killing Me podcast as they delve into the challenging world of supporting loved ones struggling with addiction. In this episode, they share their experience with the stigmatized beliefs surrounding the term “enabling” and offer alternative perspectives that prioritize compassion, support, and understanding. Together they

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EP80 Transforming Together – A Mother’s Personal Recovery Process with Guest Marcie Steinberg

Heather and guest Marcie Steinberg discuss her journey of reliance and transformation. Hear her heartfelt account of learning that attending a wildernessprogram was just the first step in her son’s recovery journey and how she pivoted to learn the skills she needed to walk beside her son on her own recovery journey.  Some topics discussed

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EP79 From Grandparents to Parents, Navigating the Complexities of Relative Caregivers With Guest Catherine Becker

In this episode, Heather speaks with Catherine Becker, founder of the nonprofit group Joys and Challenges of Relative Caregivers, along with her daughter Katie, who shares her perspective as someone in recovery from substance use disorder and a mother whose children were adopted by her parents. Catherine shares her experience of becoming a full-time parent

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