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  • Perspective: I Grew Up in Alateen and Al-Anon

    by Shannon Luders-Manuel. Four people describe their experiences as children in the rooms of Alateen and Al-Anon and whether it helped them cope with their family member’s addiction. My mother has attended Al-Anon religiously for as along as I can remember. She left my dad when I was three after a particularly bad physical fight, … Continued


    Family Recovery Means Children Too!

    The good news is that children of alcoholics can and do recover. Treatment programs and community based organizations can use specially designed games and activities to help children play their way to health and understanding. During this process they build upon their strengths, deepen their resilience, and further realize their intrinsic beauty and worth.


    Breaking the Cycle: Tips for Recovering Parents

    What you are seeking here is aiding each child and the family as a whole to redefine their story based on an understanding of what things were like before, what happened that changed that, and what things are like now. These story reconstructions and storytelling processes are essential to personal and family recovery from addiction.


    Youth in Recovery

    Today is International Youth Day, and so this week we are focusing on the youth in our community. Young people and their loved ones can reach out to Renascent any time for a free and confidential consultation with one of our counsellors. Renascent offers treatment to youth 16+ in our centres. CAMH also has this page … Continued


    Young Adults Should Look for 12-Step Groups With Peers

    Young people who are looking to start participating in a 12-step program should, whenever possible, begin with meetings that are specially designated for young people, to help them feel connected and engaged. After this initial engagement, however, young adults may find it more beneficial to branch out to more mixed-age meetings. Older people are more likely to have long-term sobriety, and generally have greater life experience and wisdom.


    Men in Recovery – Celebrating Father’s Day

    Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate – it strikes people of all ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, ethnic groups, socio-economic classes, and so on – yet statistically speaking, addiction is more common among men. In fact, males are twice as likely to report battling substance abuse and dependency issues as women. This makes it … Continued


    The Forest and the Trees

    I worked the job I love (when I’m not hating it), and I was able to be there for my family. There’s the forest. And the forest is only beautiful through the trees which make it up, something a friend reminded me today.


    How To Celebrate Mother’s Day If Your Mom Has Passed

    If your mom has passed, there’s really no reason why you can’t still honor her on Mother’s Day. There’s an old saying: “Grief is just love with nowhere to go.” Here are some ways you can celebrate your mom’s memory and give that love somewhere to go.


    Video: Children Can Learn About Addiction

    When I look at a group of kids and I say, “If I gave you a stick of gum, could you chew it just once?” and they all say, “Oh, no.” And then I say, “Well, that’s just what it’s like for mom (or dad)” and then their eyes get big, and they’re like, “Oh, that’s hard!” And they get it.

    Christine McNichol, Renascent children’s program counsellor, shares insights on helping children in families impacted by addiction.