Special Announcement: For the Family

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”  – Brene Brown Each time I read this quote by world renowned author and researcher, Brene Brown, I am reminded of the importance of the family recovery process. It can be more than overwhelming to step out on faith and engage in the journey of healing with addiction in our families. It begins with a decision. We decide that we are worthy of healing. We are worthy of self-care. We are worthy of community among ourselves. This decision is what has the power […]

Delight

Recently, BRC was asked by our good friend Ken Seeley of Intervention 911, and the producers of The Doctors TV Show to accept a patient struggling with heroin addiction for treatment. I flew to LA to meet with Ken, the family of the patient, and for the taping of the episode. What an exhilarating, whirlwind experience! Returning home, pretty tired, I stood impatiently at the airport baggage carousel waiting for my luggage to appear. All the while, texting my husband and slightly irritated about the delay – I was tired and past ready to be home! At the end of […]

For the Family: The Joy Thief…Attachment

I don’t know about you, but when I stop to consider any disruption to my happiness I immediately begin to correlate it with my circumstances. I can point to any number of things that are not in alignment with my will and assign varying degrees of blame to them. Recently I sat down to look at a reading before my meditation and the words on the page began to awaken my spirit. They spoke to me directly it seemed about my quest for joy. Anthony de Mello states, “You falsely think your fears protect you, your beliefs have made you […]

My Daughter Showed Me What It Means To Be Humble

What a journey we have taken over the past 7 years.  My firstborn daughter celebrated her 4th year of sobriety last April.  I can still remember the shock and total disbelief I felt when I was finally able to admit to myself that she was addicted to heroin.  I did not know what this looked like and worse I was in total denial for a long time.  At least I was.  My wife told me time and time again that something was wrong but I refused to see it, always thinking she was getting better and that she no longer […]

The Segue Program: A Lifeline for the Recovering Addict and Family

BRC Recovery’s Segue Program is an invaluable resource for families who have a loved one in the early stages of recovery. Our son went through BRC Recovery in 2015, and when he completed the inpatient program, he transitioned to the sober living apartments and enrolled in the 12-month Segue program. At that time, only BRC Recovery inpatient graduates were permitted to enroll in the Segue program. When I learned recently that BRC Recovery has opened the program to anyone who wants a supportive aftercare program, I was thrilled! Over the last few years, I have met many people who have […]

Remaining Teachable

Last summer I had just finished a difficult Brazilian jiu-jitsu training session and was hot, sweaty and exhausted. I dragged myself to my car and within a few seconds of starting it up received a text from my mother. She was asking me what all I put into the protein shakes that I make myself routinely in the mornings. Immediately my self-centeredness kicked in and I began thinking to myself, “Why does she want to know what ingredients I use?” I am much younger than she is and in a different time of my life with different requirements than her […]

God Made Me This Way

Why are they so skinny? While having my morning cup o’ Joe, I sat and watched an episode of Dr.Oz. The segment was about learning to love yourself the way that you are and being your best self.  God always knows what I need to hear and when I need to hear it. At over eight months pregnant now, it is easy to compare myself to other women.  Why are they so skinny? Why haven’t they gained as much weight during their pregnancy as I have during my own? What can I do to get in shape? All are serious […]

Addiction: It’s a Family Disease

Addiction, BRC Recovery I want you to know something. I hate you. You are among the cruelest of maladies. You twist love into unrecognizable tangles and place gulfs between loved ones that appear too wide to bridge. I want you to know that even though it often seems that you are winning, I will always love my son. I am the mother of an addict. My son has been in the clutches of this deadly disease for over eleven years. He fell off the edge of the earth at 16 years of age and began a dark, dark journey that took his soul and broke […]