14 Aug Parenting and Addiction: Beating the Blame Game

Parenting is tough Recently, a prominent billboard lining Utah highways was taken down in response to a petition. This billboard stated “Addiction can be prevented; Parenting is prevention.” While the sentiment was probably meant well, it’s easy to see how this can be a hurtful and false statement. It’s natural to see implied message: if effective parenting can prevent addiction, and you have a child who suffers from addiction, you didn’t do a good job and you should have prevented it. It’s difficult to change this message and mentality instead to one that can promote productive behavior. However, when it comes to personal blame and the struggle of dealing with helping a child overcome addiction, the question is much more personal: is there something I did wrong? How could I let this happen? Even when we know better, hypothetically, it’s hard to make the self-doubting demons go away.
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01 Aug Naloxone Enables Us To Help Our Loved Ones

ClimbingHave you seen the ads for Naloxone popping up all over billboards along the Wasatch range? Utah Naloxone is an organization that seeks to prevent deaths from overdoses by making a powerful first aid resource available to everyone.

Utah Overdoses By The Numbers

Between 2012 and 2014, Utah had the fourth highest fatality rate from drug overdoses. Utah has the highest rate of death in veterans from opioid abuse. Every week, 6 people in Utah die from opioid use. Overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in Utah--even more common than vehicle accidents.
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01 Jul Setting Boundaries for You and Your Loved Ones

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We often hesitate to set boundaries in our life, worrying that it’s a signal we don’t love and care about the people around us. However, the truth is just the opposite. It’s important to recognize that there’s a difference between being “nice” and being truly compassionate.

“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They're compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”

-Brene Brown

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01 Jun Do You Have a Prodigal Son?

Woman hugging her daughterWe all are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son found in Luke Chapter 15.  A man had two sons, one asks his father to divide up his portion of his inheritance.  The young man took a journey and as the bible says “wasted his substance with riotous living.”  After a while, due to a famine, and his lifestyle, the son lost all he had and started feeding pigs, sometimes eating what was thrown to them.  After a while, he realized that his Father’s servants were better off than he, so he went to find his father.   Once he arrived, his father ran towards him, and kissed him, and killed the fatted calf for a celebration.
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