Living With Your Child's Addiction Podcast

EP78 Mom, Wife, and Addiction: The Ripple Effect of Stigma, Shame, and Values with guest Amanda Lockyer from Addiction Makes Three

Addiction within a family can be a challenging experience, particularly when more than one family member is affected. Whether it’s a child or a spouse, the common thread is the experience of stigma and shame. In this episode, guest Amanda Lockyer from Addiction Makes Three, shares her experience as a wife, and Heather shares her […]

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EP77 Q&A with Jeff Foote, PhD author of Beyond Addiction How Science & Kindness Help People Change

Jeff Foote, PhD co-founder of the Center For Motivation and Change and author of Beyond Addiction How Science and Kindness Help People Change answers questions submitted by members of Heather’s Invitation to Change groups and Facebook group. Topics covered in this episode: Talking to your child about substance use when there are no green light

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EP76 Why Emotional Eating Doesn’t Fix Worry, Stress, or Anxiety with guest Corinne Crabtree

Prioritizing your physical, emotional, and mental health is essential when navigating the challenges of supporting a child struggling with substances. Taking care of yourself is not selfish, but rather necessary for your own well-being so you can support your child in a sustainable way. Today’s guest Corinne Crabtree is a master weight and life coach.

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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

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EP74 The Compassion Antidote With Guest Cathy Taughinbaugh

Heather Interviewed parent coach Cathy Taughinbaugh. As a result of her journey with her own child’s drug use, Cathy wanted to become an advocate for parents and create awareness about substance use disorder. Cathy is the author of The Compassion Antidote: A Path to Change for You and Your Child Struggling with Substance Use. She

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EP73 Testing Genetics & Biochemical Pathways Leads To Individual Treatment Rather Than A One Size Fits All Approach With Dr. Evelyn Higgins

Addiction is influenced by bio-psycho-social factors, yet biology has been mostly left out of treatment considerations – until now. Dr Evelyn Higgins from Wired For Addiction® created a genetic test that measures brain chemicals, hormones, and specific genes linked to risk taking, impulse control, addiction, depression, and anxiety. Measuring those risk factors takes the guesswork

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EP72 How Adoption Trauma Can Contribute To Substance Use With Guest Beth Syverson

Adoptees are almost twice as likely to develop substance use disorder. That statistic gave Beth Syverson insight into why her adopted son Joey was struggling with substances.  Beth is using her lived experience to help adoptive parents who are coming “out of the fog” and realizing the adoption that created their family also created trauma

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EP 71 What To Do With The Shame Piles In Your Mind & Closet With Guest Judith Gaton

Shame doesn’t just show up in your mind, it shows up in your closet too.  When you’re struggling with your child’s addiction and life is throwing challenge after challenge your way; self-care and what you put on your body might not be a priority. Heather talks with master certified coach and personal stylist Judith Gaton

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EP66 What if your child Says They Want to Quit Using Substances, but doesn’t quit?

Did you know we can want two things that contradict each other at the same time? It’s called ambivalence and it’s a complex emotion. It’s part of the messiness of being human. When we feel complex competing emotions the last thing we want is someone to minimize how we feel by oversimplifying it, yet that’s

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EP65 How Breathwork Eases Stress and Helps You Stay in The Present Moment

Heather interviewed Certified Master Breathwork Facilitator Victoria Starr. Your breath is your body’s only system that is voluntary and under your control. Intentional breathing can reduce anxiety, help with sleep and digestion, increase energy, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure. You experience the most peace in the present moment, even during stressful situations.

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Ep 64 The Difference Between Worry, Stress, Anxiety, and Overwhelm and How To Regulate Them

Do you know that the amount of stress you feel and the intensity of the emotions you feel along with it are based on your beliefs about your ability to handle the situation? The amount of stress you feel comes from your thoughts rather than the situation.  That means stress can be reduced by gaining

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Ep 63 Family Recovery, A Return to Health and Well-Being with Guest Pam Lanhart

In celebration of National Recovery Month, Heather talks to guest Pam Lanhart about her own family’s recovery and how she supports other families in their recovery. Pam is passionate about helping families use evidence-based best practices to help families find peace, stay regulated, create the conditions that support recovery and move their loved ones toward

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Ep 62 How CRAFT and Coaching Transform Relationships With Guests Beth Syverson and Joey Nakao

Beth, Joey, and Heather talk about how CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) and coaching transformed their family so you can hear real-life examples of how this work can change your family too. The highlights of this episode are hearing how Joey feels about the changes he made and how Beth’s mindset has shifted about

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BONUS Why You Should Focus On Your Similarities With Your Child Instead of Your Differences

On August 31st, 2021 Heather spoke at the Volusia County Recovery Alliance Keeping Hope event.  It was their 4th annual overdose awareness and remembrance day held in Daytona, Florida.  The event is in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day which acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends and remembers those who have died due

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EP 61 A Mother’s Search For Peace With Guest Susan Lynch

Heather Interviews author Susan Lynch. Her memoir Life After Kevin A Mother’s Search for Peace and the Golden Retrievers that Led the Way is a story about finding meaning when life challenges you in the hardest ways, healing through community, spiritual connection, and the transformation that comes from learning how to sit with intensely painful

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