By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change We are all very aware of how emotionally draining it can be dealing with a child involved in substance abuse. We’re all also aware of how much conflict this leads to in families. Today’s focus? Positive reinforcement as an antidote. As our colleague […]
By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change Collaboration matters a lot. You may think we’re talking about collaboration with your child (which is important); but no, we’re talking first about collaboration with your spouse/partner/co-parent. When your child is struggling with substances or other behavior problems, there is often a communication breakdown between the adults, […]
Listening is hard. After all, nobody will ever love your child the way you do. You fed him, changed him, raised him and provided for his every need. What do I wish I had done differently? I wish I had learned how to listen sooner.
By Cindy Brody, Director of Intensive Services at Center for Motivation & Change Many parents who have a child struggling with substance abuse notice that these concerns start to consume huge amounts of time and energy. As you’ve probably experienced, under the best of circumstances with kids, it’s hard to carve out space to focus on yourself. […]
Earlier this month, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids was alerted that Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, is selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products make light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior that is responsible for more deaths in […]
The other day a friend said to me, “It seems as if all the people I knew in high school who used drugs were the ones who had trouble coping with their feelings.” As a person in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, I agree with her observation. I had a great amount of anxiety […]
Like so many, my family has been touched by addiction. Our heads constantly spun for years as we tried to find the way to fix the addicts we love so dearly. Cuisinart-head is a term borrowed from a family addictions consultant – it perfectly described my mom’s mentality in the midst of my brother Chris’s […]
As a little girl, Mom and Dad promised I could be anything I wanted — police officer, teacher, journalist — and that no matter what, my life would be a good one if I followed my heart. Hard work, dedication, honest effort and the Golden Rule were required but, according to my folks, a small […]