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

Living While Loving Your Child Through Addiction
Living While Loving Your Child Through Addiction
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 personal insights, reflecting on the power dynamics and responsibilities that come with being a helper, the importance of respect and autonomy in relationships, and the need for a balanced approach to supporting loved ones with substance use disorder.
Her passion for reducing stigma and respecting self-determination in supporting individuals with substance use disorders is evident.
With Lara’s expertise and relatable experiences, this episode offers valuable insights and a fresh perspective on navigating the complexities of parent-child relationships and supporting loved ones through their recovery journey.
In this episode, you will be able to:

Uncover the impact of mixed messages when supporting a
loved one with substance use disorder, and how to navigate them effectively.
Embrace humility and respect in relationships to
strengthen your role in your loved one’s recovery journey.
Explore the influence and autonomy in parent-child
relationships, and how to strike a healthy balance.
Discover the profound impact of helpers’ words and
actions on the recovery journey of their loved ones.

Contact Lara: https://www.caresnw.com/

Resources From Heather Ross Coaching

GROUP COACHING PROGRAM –  Peace of Mind Group for moms

Peace of Mind Community

Get answers and support to help you and your child Sign up for a 45-minute $17 Road to Recovery call with me using the link below

Invitation to Change Learning/Support Group Use the link below to find out about the group Heather is hosting.

Invitation To Change Group

Guide about enabling – If you’ve ever worried about enabling, this guide is for you!

Perspective About Enabling

The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:02 – Introduction to Laura Okoloko

00:01:26 – Mixed Messages for Parents

00:02:52 – Lack of Positive Influence Recognition

00:05:43 – Influence vs. Control

00:16:36 – Balancing Autonomy and Support

00:18:57 – The Importance of Humility in Coaching

00:22:04 – Finding the Balance of Influence

00:23:36 – Using Influence Deliberately

00:26:33 – Understanding Power Dynamics

00:29:51 – Defining Success in Relationships

00:36:39 – The Power of Words in Helping Relationships

00:38:53 – Power Dynamics in Relationships

00:40:12 – Normalizing Control in Uncontrollable Situations

00:41:45 – Redesigning Support for Substance Use Disorders

00:43:16 – Closing Thoughts and Reflections