Perspective: To Raise Our Children, We Must First Raise Ourselves

Father and daughter

I was at a crossroads. Faced with two bewildered little children and a failing business, I toyed with swapping my two nightly beers for a six-pack to knock the edge off the day. I couldn’t do it. I knew if I repeated the alcoholism modeled by my father, my children would end up as scarred as I had been. I needed help.

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Ask a Family Therapist: did I cause my child’s alcoholism?

Sunil (left) and Christine (right) facilitate a Children's Healthy Coping Skills program.

Ask a Family Therapist with Sunil Boodhai, MSW (RSW), BEd., manager of Renascent’s Family Care Programs, therapist and counsellor.   Q: My daughter is addicted to alcohol. She drinks every day and I don’t know what to do. She sometimes blames me for her drinking, saying that I stress her out with my nagging. I don’t…

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Perspective: In the footsteps of my father

With my mom joining Al-Anon and my dad AA, I saw how our household changed from chaos to love. I witnessed the mighty shift of recovery first hand. But at the time, I did not want anything to do with their programs or their newfound love for me. I was heavy into my own alcoholism and I was loving my booze and drugs a lot more than I was loving my family or myself.

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