The seven stages of family recovery

The seven stages of family recovery

I’ve made some connections this week with The National Family Support Network in Ireland. They provide information, support and advice to family members living with substance misuse.  If you live in the UK, ADFAM do similar work here. A study was undertaken in Ireland...
Dealing with aggression

Dealing with aggression

Recently, I’ve been thinking about aggression. I shared last year that I had been in a violent relationship in my twenties. It was a very difficult time, but, I learnt an awful lot from it. The main thing I learnt was that it is not acceptable for anyone to shout,...
Quality time with family.

Quality time with family.

Quality time with family   With the daily schedules, timed out to a tee and with little room for manoeuvre, how can we fit in quality time with the family?   Last weekend I had a brilliant day out with my family. I have recently reshuffled the way I have...
Coping with grief

Coping with grief

Coping with grief   Last Friday, we lost our dog, Evie Wonder.   We think she was almost twelve but we aren’t too sure as we rescued her from Manchester Dogs Home (who do a fantastic job by the way!). She was like our first baby and we had her seven years....
Drugs, alcohol and mental health

Drugs, alcohol and mental health

Drugs, alcohol and mental health   I’ve worked with people who have problems with drugs and alcohol (I’ll refer to both as drugs for this blog) for over a decade. I had some brilliant training years ago around dual diagnosis. This term refers to people who...