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Holidays, Loneliness, And Being Human

Christmas, 1986. I was at my aunt’s house in New Jersey. As always, she had prepared a huge feast and had invited family, friends, and neighbors. (I’m Jewish. My aunt and...

Codependence In Men

Heard at a meeting: “My father was the highest power in my family” Men think and act differently from women when confronted with addiction. They are driven to take action immediately rather...
Substance Abuse Treatment

Options When Your Loved One Refuses Voluntary Substance Abuse Treatment

Navigating the world of substance abuse treatment can be an overwhelming experience. As the Admission Director at a local behavioral health hospital, I am familiar with the difficulties families face and...

What Is An Intervention?

The most difficult part of dealing with addiction is that the addict does not feel that they have a problem. In fact, most are quite convinced that the problem is not...

Scrambled Eggs… And Brain-Fried Chickens

I’m sure I’m not the only one who immediately thinks about chickens and eggs almost every time they hear the word comorbidity. But the first time I found a hash pipe...

Recovering from Codependency: The Truth About People-Pleasing

The term “codependency” can mean different things to different people. Over the years, a number of authors have offered a variety of definitions for this difficult dynamic that seems to affect...

Addicted Families And Friends

Addicts are addicted to their drug or activity of choice. Families and friends are more often than not addicted to controlling the behavior of the addict. Because we do not wish...

Have we the Professionals Forgotten the Importance of Family Love?

Parents don’t know how to parent a young adult who is an alcoholic and/or drug addict. Period! What they do know, is that there comes a point when they reach outside...

Is the Media to Blame for Eating Disorders?

Television, magazines, movies and books are a primary mode of entertainment for Americans of all ages. The media’s influence begins as early as toddlerhood. By age 5, children have received clear...

Six Styles Of Enabling

I wanted to share this article that the Parents Support Group in New Jersey was kind enough to allow us to print in The Sober World. ________________________________________________________________ Enabling includes a superstructure of perspectives...

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