Easter and Addiction In The Family.

Today families all across North America will be sitting down at the dinner table to celebrate Easter. Mom is up early making the dressing.The turkey is defrosting in the laundry room sink. Children wake up excited and raring to go. Others might have taken this time as an opportunity to catch up on their beauty
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Are We Becoming Desensitized To Overdose?

Death by overdose kills 144 persons a day. We’ve all seen the dismal stories on the news and social media sites. Or the cell phone videos of someone overdosing in their car or on the street. You may even hear comments like ‘junkie, you’d be better off dead.’ Until you lose someone you love, death by overdose is just something
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The Addicts Child.

I am not your parent, or spouse, or friend. I am your CHILD. Only you don’t parent me anymore. You don’t care about me. Not like you used too. You only care about getting high. You LOVE getting high. You will do ANYTHING to get high. You NEED to get high… and you step over me
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Politics and the Alcoholic Family.

 It’s hard to scroll through posts on social media or watch TV without coming upon political rants. Witnessing the political divide fracturing North America is frightening. Seriously, I am deeply concerned. I choose not to fan this fire by sharing put down memes. Some of the statements I have read and listened to are so
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Addiction is a Family Affair

Addiction is a Family Affair By Jodi Takhar “Jagged Little Lies,” is the second book in the Jagged Series by Lorelie Rozzano. Lorelie is a person in long-term recovery who has worked at Edgewood, a treatment center in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Like myself, Lorelie has been on both sides of addiction, as the addict and
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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 describe how sorry I am. I put you in a position 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 be in. I
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