How to Let Go of What Your Relationship Was

When kids grow up, their relationships with their parents might change. When your teenager was a small child, you might have had an easier time managing the relationship. Small children look to their parents for guidance, companionship, role modeling, and meeting all their needs. As kids get older, they gain more autonomy and find influences […]

Am I Enabling Addiction or Keeping My Child Alive?

When a child struggles with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, parents might begin blaming themselves for their child’s behaviors. One parent might accuse the other of enabling the addiction. The other parent could feel shame, as they blame themselves for what has happened. They fear the judgment and accusations of others, who might be […]

What Happens When Addiction Is in the Family

Addiction in the family has a ripple effect and can impact everyone. When a child has substance abuse disorder, the entire family unit is influenced.  Siblings can experience confusion about the issues, leading to maladaptive coping skills or other behavioral problems. Often, we only focus on the person with the addiction while assuming that other […]

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When Does My Kid Need Long-Term Residential Treatment?

When we feel overwhelmed with our troubled teenagers, we might not know where to turn. Some of us have tried nearly everything—therapy, support groups, psychiatrists, juvenile justice counselors, case management, family therapy, parent coaching, and school support—yet our teenager is not responding. Once our kids are 18, they can legally be out on their own, […]