Alex Thompson

What is Addiction?

We recently sat with St. Christopher’s COO, Brandy Klingman, LMSW, BACS, and Zach Knippenberg, BSW, RAC, to discuss addiction and how it affects family members. The following is are excerpts from that conversation. What is addiction? Zach: There is a ton of stigma associated with the word addiction. You think of someone really down on...

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Guiding Families Through the Addiction Treatment Field

We felt it was important to have a conversation about how difficult the treatment industry is to navigate. We’d like to address common concerns and help family members learn how to navigate it. We want families to connect with ethical treatment centers and to help them identify the good, bad and ugly in the...

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You Don’t Need to Hit Rock Bottom to Recover

We sat with St. Christopher’s COO, Brandy Klingman, LMSW, BACS, to get her opinion on this. Does someone need to hit bottom in order to recover? We don’t believe that people need to hit rock bottom anymore. The pivotal moment is when they want help. We are seeing that rock bottom is often times death,...

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What It Is Like to Have My Son at St. Christopher’s

He woke up this morning with a clear mind, most of the time he had a hangover or felt sick. On days when he wasn’t sick, he always ran late and didn’t seem to care about much but today he was ready to face the day. He seemed thankful for another chance, one may even...

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How to Detach and Set Boundaries

We sat with St. Christopher’s COO, Brandy Klingman, LMSW, BACS, to get her opinion on this. What is a healthy way to detach and set boundaries? I think it’s a good idea to detach in a way so that your life doesn’t depend on this other person. That your happiness, security, spiritual health, psychological health...

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Healthy Food Choices for People in Recovery

Early recovery from substance use disorders can be uncomfortable and be challenging for many. Post-acute withdrawal combined with symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and low energy and mood can often lead recovering addicts to relapse. So what weapons do people in early recovery have at their disposal to lessen the impact of these symptoms...

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How to Live with Someone Who Suffers from Addiction

We sat with St. Christopher’s COO, Brandy Klingman, LMSW, BACS, to get her advice on this topic. How do we cope with the pain of addiction each day and live with our loved one? The key is a lot of support. We know that sometimes addiction lives within secrecy and within division of people –...

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How to Get Your Loved One Help After They Say No

We sat with St. Christopher’s COO, Brandy Klingman, LMSW, BACS, to ask the following questions about substance use disorder. How can we tell if our loved one has been using substances? I think there are few things. One is, we always have a gut instinct about things and sometimes trusting our gut is really...

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