Posts byLorelie

The Addicts Child.

I am not your parent, or spouse, or friend. I’m your CHILD. Only you don’t parent me anymore. You don’t care about me. Not like you used too. You care about getting high. You WANT to get high. You will do ANYTHING to get high. You LOVE getting high. You NEED to get high… and
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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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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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Identifying your role in Addictive Relationships.

When recovering from addiction, either yours or a loved one’s, it’s important to identify roles. Addiction, like cancer, needs a certain environment to thrive in. Whether it’s genetic, environmental or both, this disease affects all in its path. But no one is more affected than the addicted person’s family. Long before this illness is identified,
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Am I A Drug Addict?

It was late afternoon and almost dark. I felt sick and empty inside as I threw my crack pipe off the third floor balcony. The pipe hit the privacy fence with a loud thud. Taking a mental snapshot, I spun on my heels and glared at my partner. “Are you happy now?” My partner had
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Leading psychiatrist Dr. Vincent talks about the opioid epidemic.

It is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Vincent who has graciously agreed to educate us on the opioid epidemic we are facing today. Dr. Vincent is a leading psychiatrist, who has over twenty years’ experience treating addiction and concurrent mental health disorders. Dr. Vincent says; This week started with an interview request from a
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Dave’s Story.

Meet my husband Dave. He wishes you a safe and sober Christmas and wants you to know if he can do it, you can too. Dave’s story. When I first met Dave he was bent over a pool table with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He squinted down the table, yelled ‘bank’ and
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Is Christmas A Trigger For You?

Relapse doesn’t just happen. It’s a culmination of weariness, dishonesty and ‘not telling.’ It’s easy to forget, with a few years under your belt, that it’s okay to have a bad day. Or days. Everyone has bad days. Right? When you’ve been sober awhile you learn to give back. And it feels good. After years
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A Letter To My Addicted Adult Child.

My Dear Child, I feel like I’m saying goodbye to you, and in a way, I suppose I am. I will always love you. I want the very best for you and I’m prepared to do the most unnatural thing, a mother can ever do. My minds screams, I’m abandoning you. Oh, I know you’re
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You’re not stuck, you are becoming…

Metamorphosis. Her cocoon was dark and cramped. The caterpillar had outgrown it. Fearfully, she made the decision to leave its small, dark confinement. Her passage out was rough. Many times she fought the urge to return to her miserable abode. Determined to make it through, she prayed for strength. Inch by inch, she drew closer
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Rock Bottom. A Deadly Myth.

Before you read this, know one thing. I was given an ultimatum. In other-words, I was forced to choose. My family, or my addiction. I couldn’t have both – Lorelie Rozzano. Rock Bottom – A Deadly Myth If you know or love an addict, then you’ve heard the term, ‘rock bottom.’ The rumour is, an
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Are You Addicted To Your Addict?

Families are tough. They live together and weather the storm, we call life. It seems every family has their own ‘cross’ to carry. Some struggle with divorce, cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, abuse issues, mental illness and/or addiction. As the old saying goes: Life is just one damned thing after another. Except with
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I Am A Mother.

I am a mother, but before that I was a child, a daughter, a sister and friend. I am a mother, and have been from the very first moment I felt you move. I am a mother, with babies. My world revolves around taking care of them and getting enough sleep. I am a mother,
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The Jagged Series, Books About Addiction.

I created the Jagged series for those struggling with addiction. These books aren’t just for the addicted person, but their families, also. As someone who struggled with addiction, I’m able to share what goes on in the mind of an addict. This is important. When I was active in my addiction, I manipulated my family
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Addiction says…

Hey little girl, I’ve got something you might 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 bigger than life and smarter than you. I’ll tell you things that aren’t even true
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Mother’s Love.

Mother’s love can’t be counted. It runs far, far to deep. It vastness has no ending. It’s eternal. It does not sleep. It comes in many clothing. All varied shades of flesh. An unlimited store of love, in every style of dress. Her love lives all around you, every single day. She asks for very
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