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The Family Recovery Agreement

2022-10-18T19:06:10-04:00November 21, 2021|Addiction Recovery, Family Recovery|

A recovery agreement is a positive document, encouraging long-term recovery, and outline a path to family reunification.  Prior to treatment boundaries were crossed and ultimatums yelled.  The recovery agreement reestablishes boundaries and encourages more treatment and helps to rebuild trust.

Adam Banks – My Story

2022-10-18T19:10:02-04:00November 6, 2021|Alcohol and Drug Interventions|

It took me a full two years to finally “get” lasting sobriety.  I have used my sobriety as a launch pad for my life.   After I got sober, I was able to really focus on the company that I had started.  I gave a physician friend just enough money to start his own medical practice.  

Addiction is a response to trauma – my Halloween story

2022-11-06T11:12:34-05:00August 9, 2021|Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Recovery Programs, Alcohol and Drug Interventions, Articles, Family Interventions, Family Recovery, Interventions, Our Stories, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching|

I don’t know how a trauma in my family a few generations back might show up in my life, that is until I recently passed up buying a pumpkin. I stood in front of a beautiful pumpkin at a farm stand. It was marked half price and I stood in front of it, frozen, unable to decide if I wanted to buy it. I walked away from that pumpkin feeling sick to my stomach.

Going to recovery meetings isn’t optional – I don’t like cooking, but I still do it

2022-10-18T20:04:03-04:00August 9, 2021|Addiction Recovery Programs, Alcohol and Drug Interventions, Articles, Family Interventions|

I don’t like to do a lot of things in my adult life, and yet every day I do them.  From courses in college I hated, to going to the grocery store and unloading the dishwasher, adulthood is filled with tasks that range from mundane to miserable. Everyday I do things that I don’t like or want to do and I still get them  done and the same goes for attending 12-step meetings.  I have to do it. Still, people entering into recovery have a lot to say about why they don’t like 12-step meetings, why they don’t want to go, and why it won’t work for them.

Reestablishing boundaries after addiction has distorted the norms

2022-10-18T20:13:41-04:00August 9, 2021|Addiction Recovery, Addiction Recovery Programs, Articles, Family Recovery|

Families know in their guts that something isn’t right. When they address the concerned person, a process of gaslighting, or turning the warranted concern around on the person that voiced it.  As a result, loved ones start to question their premonition and offer the person the benefit of the doubt all the while, the addiction is unknowingly in control of everyone affected.

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