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7 Indicators of Over-Involvement in a Loved One’s Alcoholism/Addiction
Ways to offer the help that really helps Helpers often draw a sense of strength, purpose and capability from their helping role, which can make it challenging to strike the right balance between support and loving detachment. One of the things I hear most frequently is “I will do anything to help my loved one” but it can feel near-impossible for helpers if the ‘anything’ that is actually required is to step back a little, do less and draw more limits. It runs extremely counter to what feels natural to do, and yet very often, less is more because less...
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Why my best Christmas was in Rehab
  It was five days out from Christmas and I was facing one of the most painful periods of my life. I had fallen into a deep depression, my relationship had suddenly ended, my eating disorder was out of control and the tyrant that lived inside my head unrelenting and more viscous than ever. So…with no family in Australia, nowhere to live, and a pain in my heart so great I thought it would explode I began to contemplate the thought of actually going into rehab over Christmas. As I look back, going into treatment was the only right step...
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How To Manage When Someone You Love Is Suicidal
Walking the Tightrope – Tips for Managing Self When a Loved One is Suicidal  Much of what is actually helpful when someone is in the black night of suicidality is wildly counter-intuitive and requires thoughtful, considered responses rather than automatic instinctual reactions. As human beings, our power is limited when it comes to suicidality and if we can accept that, we can inhabit fully the power we actually have…to manage our own reactions so that we can become an emotional resource for the person standing on the precipice. There is wisdom in directing one’s change effort away from changing the...
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