Addiction and the Family

Being a part of a family is unlike any other relationship you ever have in your life. There’s something different about the relationships we have with our siblings and parents, something that we don’t find in other types of relationships. For the most part, we don’t get to choose our family, yet, it is very difficult to escape the “orbit” …

Staff Interview: Roni Sue

RS : When Clear opened, two other ladies and myself thought that we needed another parent- focused Al–anon meeting. Clear offered to host the meeting, and during the planning stages of creating the Al-anon meeting, I felt Clear was a place that I could absolutely see myself working at in some capacity. I just felt that way. I had this …

The Dangers of Adderall Addiction

I was assisting teach an alignment based technique workshop in August of 2016 on the beautiful island of Friday Harbor in Washington. Orchestrating this workshop was a dream of mine, and all I could focus on was getting more Adderall. I had run out early that week. I had three more days of the workshop, and I could not imagine …

The Dangers of Xanax Withdrawal

“All I remember was looking up at the sun. It was so bright. I couldn’t stop staring at the sun. That is how my friend knew something was wrong. I remember laying down, and I didn’t know what just happened and I remember trying to lift my head up, and it was one of the worst pains I’ve ever felt …

Addiction is a Family Disease

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. What is an addict thinking? What is my daughter thinking? My mother often wondered this as she paced the …

What Makes Xanax So Addictive?

Addiction develops in stages. The first stage is tolerance. Tolerance is a state in which an organism no longer responds to a drug, and a higher dose is required to achieve the same effect. The summer of 2016 was the summer I fell in love with Xanax. By this time, I was having daily panic attacks and could not sleep …

Building Your Frustration Tolerance

In the last post, we discussed the role of frustration tolerance in contributing to the condition we call failure to launch. Frustration tolerance refers to the ability of a person to maintain control in light of a situation that puts stress on that person, or the ability to tolerate unpleasant feelings without having a significant negative reaction. Different people have …

Is Your Child Suffering from Failure to Launch?

Sometimes, a situation becomes so common or concerning in a society that a “diagnosis” begins to spring up from pop culture, rather than the fields of medicine or psychology.  Some move on to become true diagnoses, much in the way “shell shock” later evolved into PTSD.  Others, like “affluenza,” will likely never go on to be anything more than a …

Internet Addiction Disorder and Treatment

Internet Addiction Disorder and Treatment Options

In this day and age of brand new technologies and increased connectivity, time spent online is not only encouraged, but at times is a necessity. It seems as though the whole world is run on a computer screen. But recently there has been a staggering increase in the amount of people whose time spent online has become problematic. This addiction …

Mindfulness Practice For Managing Anxiety

Anxiety and Mindful Awareness

To some degree, we all experience anxiety. Anxiety is an emotional response to a perceived or real threat. Our bodies have a built in alarm system that helps us deal with real danger. This alarm system is the autonomic nervous system which activates the fight-flight-freeze response.  When confronted with real danger, our system lets us know that we must respond …