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Sherry Gaugler-Stewart

Director of Family and Spiritual Recovery

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Children are Part of the Family, too!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 9:59:55 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in family support, family recovery, alcoholic loved one, family addiciton

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Beliefs: My Beliefs and Yours.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2017 12:41:02 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in higher power, alcohol recovery, alcoholism, Recovery

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The Gift of Trust

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in sober life, trust, trusting loved ones in recovery

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Broken trust.  It’s the primary issue that family members talk about when they discuss what’s been the most difficult for them when they’ve been impacted by the disease of addiction.  They want to trust their loved ones again.  Their loved ones want to be trusted.  How do we heal something that’s become so damaged?

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Grateful for Addiction?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in addiction, gratitude

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Recovering Hope: The Pain is Mandatory, but the Misery is Optional

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2016 9:30:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Family Program, family support, families, family recovery

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It’s a gray and rainy day, and I’m sitting in a room with a group of people who never wanted to gain entry into the retreat we’re hosting.  They desperately tried everything in their power to never be here.  They formulated plans, they had talks, they paid good money, they supported, they begged, they pleaded, they researched, and they loved with all they had.  And, yet, here they are: the folks who have lost a loved one to the disease of addiction.

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I’m Over Here Loving You if You Need Me

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Family Program, family support, Family

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“Detachment is not a wall; it is a bridge.”
–Courage to Change p. 22

Detachment.  It’s often viewed as an ugly word, at least at first, by family members who love someone who struggles with alcoholism or addiction.  Many of us come with pre-conceived notions about what detachment means.  Most of us decide, without delving any further into the concept, that it means abandonment.  And, we know that we’re not willing to abandon someone we love, especially when they are struggling, so therefore we won’t be detaching from them – thank you very much!

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Grief in Addiction: Grieving the Loss of a Dream

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Al-anon, Family Program, Family

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I made it through another Mother’s Day.  As a person who loves to celebrate, I definitely love the aspect of honoring the loving, nurturing women in our lives.  And, yet, it can still be a reminder of something that is missing in my own life – something that I dreamed of that didn’t take place because of the disease of alcoholism.

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