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The Family Afterward

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2016 9:05:00 AM / by Mark Korman posted in Al-anon, Family Program, family support, Recovery

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When I am facilitating Family Program sessions I often ask participants to think of a family affected by addiction like a mobile floating over a child’s crib. When you imagine a mobile, there are a few things that instantly come to mind.  You’ll see a bunny, bear, frog, and bird: rotating around and helping the mobile to maintain balance.  There’s often quiet music playing in the background.  

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A Seed Had Been Planted

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 17, 2016 12:30:00 PM / by Chris Nehotte posted in Al-anon, alcoholism, Family

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As a young child, my father was in the depths of his alcoholism.  I remember feeling frightened, confused and uncertain on some days, then happy,  joyous, and carefree on others.  I didn’t realize that my father’s drinking often determined which feelings would be present in me and my family. I did know that I was never going to be like my father!

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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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Mindfulness during the Holiday Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2015 1:39:53 PM / by Ellie Hyatt posted in recovery process, addiction, Al-anon, Family Program, family support, family recovery, drug recovery, alcohol recovery, mindfulness

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The expectation of the holiday season can be stressful for everyone. For reasons that might be obvious, that stress seems to be even greater in families dealing with recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. 

There is a simple practice that can reduce that stress and offer us the opportunity for a meaningful holiday experience; that is a mindfulness practice. It allows us to stop our racing thoughts, which are usually produced by some form of fear. It allows us to make choices that support our well-being. It allows us to be present.

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Work Together as a Family to Help an Alcoholic Loved One.

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 20, 2015 10:37:00 AM / by Ellie Hyatt posted in Al-anon, alcoholic loved one, alcohol recovery

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Family Recovery Series: 6 Things You Can Do to Help an Alcoholic Loved One.

Part 4: Work Together as a Family

Last month we talked about the importance of setting limits and sticking to them, so the alcoholic learns to take responsibility for their own destructive actions. Family members must take care of themselves if they’re going to be able to help and setting limits is a key piece of self-care. 
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Helping Loved Ones By Understanding Alcohol Addiction.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Ellie Hyatt posted in alcohol addiction, alcohol dependency, drug addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, sober community, addiction, Al-anon, Family Program, family support, families

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Family Recovery Series: 6 Things You Can Do to Help an Alcoholic Loved One.

Part One: Educate Yourself About Alcoholism and Addiction

Even though the first step in Al-Anon tells us we are powerless over another’s drinking or addiction, we know there are things we can do to help the situation.  In the coming months, we’d like to discuss 6 things you actually can do to help an alcoholic loved one.  

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