Making the decision about how to talk with your kids about drugs is very personal. Some parents lie while others change the subject. Very few tell the whole truth about their drug use unless of course they were straight all of the time. What did I say to my 14-year-old son, when he asked me? […]
As parents of an addict, living in the world of ought to be gives us permission to do things that hurt our addict and perpetuate their addiction. Living in the world of what is forces me to see the situation as it is and not the way I wish it to be.
If you are reading this blog, it is time. What’s the big rush, you ask? It is a developmental given that some kids experiment with alcohol and drugs. However, the latest annual Partnership for a Drug-Free America/MetLife Foundation Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) of almost 3,300 teens and 800 parents shows that after a decade of […]
I can say without reservation that one of the top questions I get from parents goes to the issue of letting their teens have beer and other alcohol at home. Not that they necessarily want to, just that there seems to be so much pressure real or perceived that other parents are doing it. Obviously, […]
Love is complicated enough without adding a addiction to the equation. If you’re struggling with a loved one who has a drug or alcohol problem, you’ve probably been told that you need to practice “tough love.” What does that mean? For me, it means letting go and trusting the process. I hope you can trust me when I tell you that “tough love” is the best gift you can give to an addict.