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 Poignant and topical blogs for family members

Nathan's New year's blog 2017

Posted by on 10 January 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s New Year’s Eve and they’re the words you’ve been waiting to hear! ‘2017 is going to be different, this year I’m going to stop.’ Perhaps you heard these or similar words uttered recently by an addicted family member you’ve been hoping against all hope will... Read more

Nathan's Blog- surviving the earthquakes

Posted by on 17 November 2016 | 0 Comments

Earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding- what a tumultuous week New Zealand has been experiencing!   I don’t know about you but I found riding out an earthquake- that built and built in its intensity to the point where I was seriously wondering if this was going... Read more

Ara's Blog- Self care is the first step to happiness

Posted by on 13 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Do you think that it is possible for you to be happier than what you are right now?   If so what would that happiness depend on?   Does you answer involve your loved one’s recovery, him or her being better somehow, or reaching a recovery... Read more

Ara's Blog- inside the brain

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 0 Comments

What’s happening inside that head of yours?   As family members in relationship with someone who is dependent on substances, we can feel as though we’re trying to navigate in the dark. We do not understand our loved one’s behaviour, and their decision to continue... Read more

Ara's Blog- the A word

Posted by on 29 February 2016 | 0 Comments

The A word   Tightness in your throat, racing heart, stomach cramps, speeding thoughts and insomnia- AGAIN!?   When your loved one is dependent on a substance, ANXIETY is a permanent (unwelcomed) resident inhabiting your mind and causing havoc to your body and wellbeing.   Like all of our... Read more

Ara's Christmas Blog 2015

Posted by on 22 December 2015 | 1 Comments

Well we are a few days away from Christmas day and I wanted to touch base with you all to see how your Christmas lead up is going.   How are you?   I realise that I cannot hear your answer but you can take a moment... Read more

Ara's Blog- the nature of change

Posted by on 2 December 2015 | 0 Comments

Recovery is a process- the nature of change.   Consider a time in your life when you’ve admitted to yourself that you indeed have a problem. How did that realisation feel? Perhaps you where relieved, overwhelmed, terrified, or calm. Perhaps your private admission was a fleeting... Read more

Ara's Blog- what is addiction

Posted by on 19 June 2015 | 0 Comments

What is addiction? This is not an easy question to answer. Family members often seek the answer to this or arrive at a personal understanding of addiction. Our experience of living with a substance using loved one of course impacts and shapes our view of... Read more

Ara's Blog- living with the sadness

Posted by on 16 May 2015 | 0 Comments

Living with the sadness that your loved one is in addiction: A heavy burden   Being in relationship with someone who is dependent on a substance and coping with addiction can involve a grieving process.   The English word for grief comes from the French greve, meaning heavy... Read more

Nathan's Blog- write yourself well

Posted by on 16 May 2015 | 2 Comments

The benefits of writing about how you are feeling. Ever had that feeling there’s just so much noise going on upstairs that your head is likely to explode? Perhaps dealing with your loved one’s substance misuse means you’re living with this kind of emotional... Read more