Turn Wallops Into Lollipops: 6 Ways to Deal With Traumatic Events

Turn Wallops Into Lollipops: 6 Ways to Deal With Traumatic Events

This past month I have talked to many people whose hearts were hurting. A husband called worried about his wife who was swirling out of control with pills, alcohol and shopping. In the midst of this she forget to tend to her 1 year-old. Then a 48 year-old colleague of...
6 Fears Of Snow Plow Parents

6 Fears Of Snow Plow Parents

In the wake of the recent college admissions scandal, much has been written about the new term given to parents who are all but living their child’s life for them: Snow Plow Parents. In case you missed it, The New York Times painted a vivid picture of it last week in...
3 Ways An Intervention Leads Families From Fear to Hope

3 Ways An Intervention Leads Families From Fear to Hope

  As a licensed clinician and a professional interventionist, I have seen how addiction impacts the whole family. Whether it’s your birth family, your chosen family, or your work family, I know how painful it is to watch someone you love struggle with substance...
Things I Learned on my Pilgrimage to the Pacific

Things I Learned on my Pilgrimage to the Pacific

This trip – a mother-daughter adventure – was also a pilgrimage in honor of my mother, Dorothy Schwartz Silverblatt Wallach Levine, who lived in Oahu until she died. It’s hard for me to grasp she died over 25 years ago. Today I am only a few years younger, eight to be...
How to Deal with Toxic Family During the Holidays

How to Deal with Toxic Family During the Holidays

There’s a brisk chill is in the air, and in certain parts of the country the first snowflakes are falling. Beautiful lights and decorations adorn many downtown buildings, and the comforting scents of your favorite foods will soon be wafting out from kitchens. The...
On Death: Ruminations on the grief process

On Death: Ruminations on the grief process

Nothing prepared me for April 20, 1996. It was the day after Easter, a supposed time of resurrection and goodness. Instead, my husband was pronounced dead after experiencing a heart attack and sliding his brand new Infiniti into the center divide on the highway near...
How to be a widow and other fun tips

How to be a widow and other fun tips

The following is an excerpt from my book, Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Alan David Stanger, a raucous gentlemen. Neither of us was strong enough, savy enough or smart enough to say goodbye. We had simply reached a truce and were...
Opioid Deaths and Family Grief

Opioid Deaths and Family Grief

Podcast: How To Heal After A Sudden Loss From An Addiction Related Death There were more drug-related deaths in 2016 than from the entire Vietnam war or the HIV/Aids epidemic at its height – and for every person who died suddenly and tragically there are at...
How Families Can Help Deal with Drug Addiction

How Families Can Help Deal with Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction Statistics In The U.S. We are a nation in crisis. There is hardly a family that has not been affected by addiction. The statistics on the matter of opioids, alcohol and marijuana are alarming: 105 American lives are lost each day to an opioid-related...