Why we worry and how to calm down, according to a medical professor – Business Insider

Our brains are continually imagining futures that will meet our needs and things that could stand in the way of them.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/why-we-worry-and-how-to-calm-down-according-to-medical-professor

Need your input?

I am starting this year off with a tremendous amount of gratitude for the opportunities life has afforded me and how a recovery journey is evidence enough for us to recognize the feat we face with addiction.

As I work with families,  the key message I hear is ” I never heard this before” or nobody ever told me to consider the things that you are teaching”. I was suggested to write a book about my experiences and learning of best practices when it comes to helping families with addiction issues. That parents and siblings and family members need help with understanding the system of care and what is the best ways to prevent or help families get the resources they need in an addiction crisis.

I need your input in this book and need you to share your experiences of lessons learned and sometimes what you would have done differently if given the chance. Please PM me if you are willing? I think valuable research comes from the ones who experience the issues, don’t you agree?




When You’re Done Bashing Alcoholics Anonymous—It May be the Thing That Saves Your Life – Raising the Bottom

I can no longer stay silent. I am fed up with people who bash the lifesaving program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Is it perfect? No. Does it have pros and cons? Yes, but so does breathing. When you…
— Read on raisingthebottom.com/when-youre-done-bashing-alcoholics-anonymous-it-may-be-the-thing-that-saves-your-life/

Surprise Intervention does not always work!

Research shows that addicts confronted via intervention are more likely to enter treatment, though success rates vary based on intervention style. Newer intervention models are more effective than the traditional Johnson method, with success rates of 75 percent to 83 percent.

Comprehensive care is where I meet with the whole family regularly and talk about what they want to talk about, and how they can communicate the issues in a healthy manner. The family needs help and the substance use or addiction is a very small part of the family story.

As the Arise model is a very research sound approach it is based on : Using a compassionate Invitational Intervention is a gradually-escalating process of respectful, gentle family meetings, that leads your loved one into appropriate treatment and recovery. Your addicted loved one is invited to join the process right from the beginning with no surprises, no secrets, no coercion, and absolute respect and love.

This is directed towards getting the addicted loved one into treatment with the least possible effort through a loving, compassionate and non-blaming way. The support system is mobilized to form a committed family team to motivate the addicted individual into treatment.

In comparison with other intervention methods, Fernandez, Begley, & Marlatt (2006) found that ARISE works best because:
  • The Intervention Network remains involved in collaboration throughout intervention, treatment & early recovery
  • The process relies on the inherent strength, motivation, and resilience of the family
  • The focus is on individual AND family recovery and healing
  • Individuals are invited and motivated to enter and participate actively in treatment


I am a professional that likes to see families get well and stay well!!


Linda CIP