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Identifying Ambiguous Grief When Your Child Is Struggling With Substances

As parents of children struggling with substances, we’re used to identifying feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and guilt, but we don’t always identify the grief we feel. Probably because grief is usually associated with death, but there are many types of loss that cause grief. Ambiguous loss is when the person you’re grieving is physically

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Guest Episode – The Conscious Mental Health Podcast

We discuss how CRAFT (community reinforcement and family training) and Invitation to Change models support your loved one (and yourself) struggling with substance use disorder. The CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) program is a non-confrontational, evidence-based intervention for helping families affected by addiction. It helps individuals develop effective strategies for helping a loved one struggling with substance use disorder seek treatment and cope.

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The Difference Between Worry, Stress, Anxiety, & Overwhelm & How To regulate Them

One of the reasons anxiety is so debilitating is that it’s too vague to be solved so we feel powerless over it.

Understanding the difference between worry, stress, and anxiety, where they happen in your body, and what functions they serve will help you work through them as they come up.

Worry, stress, and anxiety are trying to signal to you that you have an unmet need so you can meet the needs that they’re signaling.

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Recover With Colleen Podcast – Using Self Care to Process Grief

We discuss the importance of self-care in the grieving process. We focus on my grief from the loss of my daughter Helanna, but grieving is important for all losses. Grief is how you move through the painful gap between expectations and reality. Life is filled with all kinds of painful gaps. We need to acknowledge and grieve them in order to release resistance and move toward acceptance.

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Safe Home Podcast EP#34 Losing a Child to Addiction with Heather Ross

In this episode Beth Syverson from Safe Home Podcast and I talk about losing a child to overdose. Beth did a beautiful job taking clips of my previous podcast episodes with my daughter Helanna and weaving them in with our conversation in a very powerful way. It’s more like a work of art than a

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Why you feel frustrated when your child that’s struggling with addiction won’t listen to you

The other day I was watching a video for my Reiki certification and one of the slides said if you want to keep pushing Reiki on someone who doesn’t want it then you need to look at yourself and why you want them to do it so bad. Of course that got me thinking about

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