EP75 Challenging Beliefs About What “It Works” Means With Guest Cordelia Kraus from Helping Families Help

Living While Loving Your Child Through Addiction
Living While Loving Your Child Through Addiction
EP75 Challenging Beliefs About What "It Works" Means With Guest Cordelia Kraus from Helping Families Help

Heather and guest Cordelia Kraus talk about addiction, recovery, and parenting while challenging traditional beliefs and exploring alternative perspectives and approaches to what “it works” means. Their hope is to provide insights, information, and support while encouraging thoughtful reflection and understanding in navigating the complexities of addiction and recovery within a family context.

The statement "it works" generally implies that a particular approach or strategy is effective in achieving its intended outcome. Many parents’ only intended
outcome is for their child to achieve and maintain abstinence or sobriety. This may not be applicable or effective for everyone though. Recovery from substance use disorder is a complex and individualized process, and different approaches may be more appropriate for different people based on their unique
circumstances, motivations, and preferences.

It's crucial for parents to be open to understanding and respecting their children's perspectives and desires, and to consider a range of approaches that may be appropriate for their child's unique needs, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all approach based on preconceived notions of what "it works" means. An effective response to substance use involves flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to collaborate with your child to find approaches that truly work for their
well-being and growth.
Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC- became passionate about working with families struggling with their loved one's substance use after going through her own experiences as a mom. Cordelia runs the website HelpingFamiliesHelp.com: a website that connects families with CRAFT-based resources and offers community and support for the providers who serve them. She has a private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What “it works” means  
  • How to show up with love in times of fear   
  • What the CRAFT 70% number really means  
  • A more inclusive definition of recovery    
  • The pitfall of wanting to go back to your pre-substance use life

Check out the website Helping Families Help

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