Let’s Give Our Kids A Voice.

“Children of addicted parents are the highest risk group of children to become alcohol and drug abusers due to both genetic and family environmental factors.” – NACoA Did you know… Children who grow up in families that struggle with addiction, learn that feelings are dangerous. Children often feel responsible for the problems in their family.
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A book review by therapist Jodi Takhar

A book review by Jodi Takhar  JAGGED LITTLE EDGES Being a person in long-term recovery and working as a family addictions therapist, I have read loads of books, articles and material about addiction. Having said that, I have just read the most amazing book about addiction and I felt compelled to share it with
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If You Don’t Understand Addiction This Will Help.

Back by popular demand! At 16 I knew it all. Everything. There was nothing you could have said or done, that would have impressed this super cool chick. Of course that was on the outside. Inside I was fearful, insecure and needy. The combination of these two may be the most confusing part of this
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The Mess You’ll Leave Behind

In 2014 statistics show 129 people die each day due to drug overdose. This is unacceptable. Sadder still, that number is growing. You can help by signing and sharing the petitions below. Thank you, Lorelie Rozzano. The Mess You’ll Leave Behind. By Cris Fiore. Dear active drug user, I know you believe it’s your life
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I Am A Mother

I am a mother but before that I was a child, daughter, sister and friend. I am a mother and have been since the very first moment, I felt you move. I am a mother, my world revolves around raising my babies and trying to get enough sleep. I am a mother who feels guilty
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Growing Up In Addiction

Sometimes we have to go back and parent ourselves. When the “little me” was healed, the “big me” grew up. As a little girl, I felt responsible for my parents. I still remember feeling anxious, sitting in the backseat of our car as it wobbled down the highway. I thought my alcoholic father would pass
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A Letter From Heaven

Dear Mom and Dad, Words can’t begin to describe how sorry I am. I’ve put you in a position that no parent should ever face. I left – before you. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The natural order of things was skewed by my addiction. I can only imagine the agony you must
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Exciting news! Book 3 in the Jagged series – Jagged No More – has just been released!

It’s been my great honour to share with you – all I’ve learned in my journey through addiction to working as a counselor in the field of addiction, via the Jagged series. Not every one can afford treatment nor are they comfortable asking for help. If you see yourself or someone you love in these
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Addiction or recovery? It’s your choice.

Addiction Says… Hey little girl, I’ve got something you need. A pill to make you pretty, oh yes indeed! Just one taste and you’ll be mine Your head will spin, you’ll feel so fine! I’m cunning, baffling, and powerful too. I’m larger than life and smarter than you. I’ll tell you things that aren’t even
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Medicating Anxiety Symptoms With Alcohol Or Drug Abuse ADDICTION – By: Dr. Mel Vincent, BASc, MSc, MD, FRCP(C ), ASAM Certified

Shared from Bellwood Health Services. http://www.bellwood.ca/blog/ There is clearly a very important relationship between anxiety symptoms, disorders and addiction. Research has repeatedly demonstrated an important relationship between anxiety disorders and substance use disorders in both directions. Patients who suffer from an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks with or without agoraphobia, social
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Is Your Child Building Walls?

In families with addiction everyone struggles. Each family member develops coping strategies and survival skills to keep them safe within the family unit. The grown ups in these families are often loud, chaotic and scary. They have a voice, but their children don’t. Children with addicted parents distance themselves emotionally. They build walls to protect
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