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Adult Children with Addiction, Alcoholism or Mental Illness (ACWA)

In the 1980’s, the ACOA (Adult Children OF Alcoholics) movement opened an honest dialogue of how parental addiction impacted children.  Fueled by the work of John Bradshaw and Claudia Black, the conversation expanded to include drug addiction and mental illness. The term “Dysfunctional Family” gave a collective voice to adult children who once lived with […]

A Frog named Loss

I cleaned out the pond in my yard yesterday. Since I moved into this house four years ago, I have made the first weekend of May “clean the crap out of the pond” weekend. This seems reasonable; warm enough to not have to wear winter gear while playing in water, and earlier enough to deter […]

The Love of My Life

Valentine’s Day celebrates our connection to others- our partners, our family and friends. I know, it is a “Hallmark Holiday”, yet it is valuable as it reminds us not to take those we love for granted. On Valentine’s Day, we make a conscious effort to tell those in our life just how much they mean […]

Fighting Winter Despair

Here we are in the post-holiday pall. While the holidays are difficult for those who have experienced a loss of any kind, they are stressful to some degree for all of us. We eat too much, drink too much, spend too much and in many cases have “too much” family or possibly, too little. And […]