It's a Shame Crisis
We keep hearing over and over about the opioid crisis and how many people are dying by overdose. What we fail to recognize is that addiction is the symptom of the problem. People are using drugs and alcohol to mask, stuff and numb their pain. What if we started addressing the pain layer by layer, starting with shame?
One of my clients emailed me expressing concern because I had basically fallen off the face of the earth. I hadn’t done any Facebook posts or engaged on Instagram. I hadn’t posted any blogs recently either. Kind of unusual for me.
So where have I been? I have been at Costal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Sciences becoming a Certified Hypnotherapist. Besides getting to go to my new happy place of relaxation on a regular basis (like 3 times a day!), I was able to use my classmates’ hypnotherapy practice time to work through a few core issues and learn about my negative patterns. I feel like I got unstuck!
I imagine you are breathing a huge sigh of relief as your loved one goes to treatment. It may feel like the heavy lifting is done and you can sit back and relax. Two things come to mind when I say that…
Jagged Little Edges
I think “Jagged No More” is the best book of the trilogy. Lorelie Rozzano has tied up many of the loose ends in her third book. Once again she paints a riveting picture of addiction and pain that helps families understand the complicated tragedies of addiction.
We meet Dee, who, in my opinion, was a peripheral character in the last 2 books. The audience sees her struggle with addiction and agonize over her decision to give her son to Lyndsey. We see Susan get stronger and stand her ground with her son Declan. We get a back seat to Lyndsey’s relationships with her husband and Dee’s child, as things unfold in her own life.
is a Vancouver-based Addictions Specialist and Family Therapist with training and experience in numerous areas related to healing and recovery from the devastation of addiction & alcoholism.