There is a litany of loss for what substance misuse has taken from our family. Finding other parents who understand these losses has been an immeasurable comfort.
After about a year of battling depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, substance abuse, cutting, and suicidal ideation my 15-year-old daughter started telling me that I had changed. She said I wasn’t the same mother I used to be.
When our kids struggle with mental health, they can behave in some appalling and unattractive ways. One of those ways is being manipulative. It’s infuriating when someone we love more than life itself deliberately betrays us to get what they want.
Peer support has a long history, both formally and informally. As applied to mental health support, “peer support” generally refers to the process by which individuals with lived experience of […]
What to expect when you’re suspecting that your child is using? You can’t control your kid’s behavior but you can communicate from a place of love and empathy.
When I first discovered my son Jon’s substance usage, it was as if the earth below me had fallen away. I was weak on my feet, blurred in my mind and hurting in my heart.
My lifeline comes from support groups. Grappling with these issues in a welcoming peer environment has catapulted my growth.
Rules are easy to make. Some are impossible to enforce.
Read our Peer Parent York’s story about his journey with his son and family.
A few important things to remember while you create a process for you and your family to build self-awareness and explore personal growth and healing.
Meditation is an alternative form of healing that can be particularly beneficial for parents of children suffering from mental health issues or substance use.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses are becoming increasingly common, however, ADHD remains one of the most misunderstood neurodevelopmental disorders.
When your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed and scared. As a parent, you feel a heavy responsibility to protect your offspring, and an […]
For most people, the past couple of years have demanded developing an ability to adapt to and assimilate a series of global events that have unfolded in an unprecedented sequence […]
As our children grow up and the protective blanket we place around them becomes unfastened, they come face to face with the difficulties of the modern world. Thrust into adulthood […]
“Self-care is the intentional, proactive pursuit of integrated wellness that balances mind, body, and spirit personally and professionally.” – Paula Gill Lopez, Ph.D., Fairfield University. 1 Caring for others, particularly […]
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