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Part of what keeps a person in relationship with a loved one who has a substance use disorder are their own triggers. Triggers can be thoughts, feelings or emotions triggered by another person’s behaviors or shaming words. Darlene Lancer, a frequent guest blogger on BreakingTheCycles.com, helps readers understand triggers and the codependency connection and what a […]

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Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on the topics covered in her Blog Categories.

The post Triggers and the Codependency Connection | Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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How medicare covers substance abuse is an important topic given that “[a]lcohol and drug problems, particularly prescription drug abuse, among older adults is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country,” according to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Today’s guest author, Danielle Kinkle Roberst, explains how one might use […]

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The journey through addiction treatment and recovery takes time, and that’s because it is a chronic disease — a chronic brain disease because of the way it changes brain health and function. As with other chronic diseases, relapse is possible because there is no single way to treat the disease of addiction (aka severe substance […]

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The post Many Paths to Recovery – Guest Author Peter L appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Helping readers gain an understanding of ACEs to explain what happens to the brains of children separated from their parents at the border may seem way off-topic for BTC readers. But there is a strong connection between experiencing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and developing an alcohol use disorder, as well as the failure to treat […]

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Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com

Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on the topics covered in her Blog Categories.

The post Understanding ACEs to Explain What Happens to the Brains of Children Separated From Their Parents at the Border appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Understanding codependency can help you appreciate that you do not have to lose yourself in order to love someone. To help readers better understand this concept, Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT, shares the following post, originally appearing on her blog under the title, “Do I Have to Lose Me to Love You?” To read her longer […]

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The post Understanding Codependency – Do You Have to Lose Yourself to Love Someone appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Treating ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can go a long, long way to helping a person with addiction (aka, with a substance use disorder) succeed in long-term recovery. Why? Because of the role ACEs play in changing a child’s brain wiring and mapping, making that child’s brain more susceptible to the key risk factors for developing a […]

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Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com

Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on the topics covered in her Blog Categories.

The post Why Treating ACEs Helps With Addiction Recovery appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Trauma triggers can come out of seemingly nowhere. A sound, sight, touch, smell, danger producing emotions (anger, fear, frustration), a particular voice, the color of light… and wham! Your heart rate accelerates, you have trouble breathing, you feel panicky or find yourself frantic and in your frenzy unable to hold a thought or utter a […]

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Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com

Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on the topics covered in her Blog Categories.

The post Tools to Counter Trauma Triggers appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Alcohol use disorders | Secondhand Drinking | ACEs — often, it’s a cycle. The behaviors of a person with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) cause secondhand drinking (SHD), and both AUD and SHD can change an entire family system. A changed family system can cause adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) for the current generation of children. […]

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Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com

Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on the topics covered in her Blog Categories.

The post Alcohol Use Disorders | Secondhand Drinking | ACEs – Trace Your Family ACEs Tree appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Alcohol Use Disorder Prevention – why is it that one teen or adult in a group of friends who drinks too much finds themselves struggling with an alcohol use disorder and the others do not? How is it possible that a teenager can develop a severe alcohol use disorder (aka alcoholism or alcohol dependence) — […]

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Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com

Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on the topics covered in her Blog Categories.

The post Alcohol Use Disorder Prevention – Raising Awareness About Brain Development and the Risk Factors | Alcohol Awareness Month appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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Disease and Recovery – most people do not understand addiction to be a chronic disease like other chronic diseases. In today’s guest post, John M McNamara shares his thoughts on disease and recovery – his own (cancer) and his wife’s (addiction) – to emphasize his point that addiction is a disease, as is cancer, and that […]

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The post Thoughts on Disease and Recovery – Addiction and Cancer appeared first on BreakingTheCycles.com.

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