It is widely known that addiction impacts the entire family.  Often referred to as a family disease, the process of recovery for the family is not a simple process.  When one or more members of a family system stop using and find recovery from a substance use disorder, the entire existing family system is disrupted.  This disruption ultimately is a good thing but can be challenging as well.  Collegiate Recovery and Intervention Services Family Therapist, Kelly Miller, shares her thoughts on how families may pursue their new normal as a family in recovery.  Each month Kelly shares strategies to remain grounded and focused on recovery intertwined with personal anecdotes that result in inspiration for all.  You may correspond with the author at Kelly.miller@ua.edu.

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Pause when agitated or doubtful. That pause is the silence between feeling and acting that allows for grace to happen. When we pause we give our HP time to step in. Christians call it the Holy Spirit. Psychology calls is your conscience. Regardless of what term you use to describe it, we all have a voice inside of us that helps guide and direct our thinking. But when disease gets in the way we can no longer hear that still, quiet voice…

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