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Here comes the sun……..

For a family member or individual to find a program that they finally feel will support them in this time of doom and gloom, and stormy clouds- it is like seeing nothing but sunshine for the first time in a very long time. Granted there were...

Addiction is a FAMILY illness

Hi, My name is Tammy Francoeur and I am a family member who has dealt with a loved one with an addiction. I may not have been addicted to any substance myself, but that did not stop me from suffering from the affliction of my husband's...

Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

Reference: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/05/nurse-reveals-top-5-regrets-people-make-deathbed-2.html For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are...

Sick and Sicker

I don't know who is sicker- the person addicted or their family and friends? I mean that quite seriously, and I mean no disrespect to anyone by making that statement. Lately, the calls I have been getting are beyond ridiculous. People are so caught up in the...

Enabling is all about control

Families and friends never want to hear this, but it's true. Helping someone makes us feel helpful. It makes us feel like we have something to give- that we have purpose. It can be reciprocated within healthy families. When we continually help someone who is addicted,...

Monday Night- Habitude Addiction Recovery Support Group

Another last Monday of the month spent sharing different perspectives among members of our support group. As usual, it was informative, interesting and helpful. Some discussion covered boundaries of the person in recovery and boundaries of the persons family members. Also situations a person in recovery may...

When is enough is enough?-

Blog: by Tammy Francoeur, Director of Peer Support and Co-founder This is a most unusual May for us. Typically we are filled to the brim and have many on our waiting list. But this May has been different. I am not sure if it because...

Is Al-anon a good option for you?

We suggest you at least try to attend Al-Anon once or twice, if you answer yes to two or more questions. Al-anon is a great support for family members. It is free, and it is worth going a few times and maybe trying different groups...

Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

This is an excellent article on ADHD. Our experience is that everyone with addiction has or would be diagnosed with ADHD. Too many times, families are not looking within their own dynamics to see why some one is exhibiting ADHD behaviors. Has there been traumas,...

PTDS and our front line workers…… effective supportive treatment should be an automatic option- but sadly it’s not……..

PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO- http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2014-05-08/article-3716928/Cpl.-Jamie-McWhirter-speaks-on-posttraumatic-stress-disorder%2C-and-how-he-copes-with-it/1   Cpl. Jamie MacWhirter speaks on posttraumatic stress disorder, and how he copes with it     Cpl. Jamie MacWhirter didn’t know he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his seventh-month tour of duty in Afghanistan back in 2006, but he knew something was wrong...