When I started using Soberlink I was going through a rough divorce with a spouse who was trying to get custody of my children. Finding
Discussing the sober truth of alcohol, recovery, and aftercare monitoring
While we all have different journeys in recovery, most will agree that accountability is a crucial component when it comes to staying clean and sober.
Working on creating a visitation schedule for a family that’s recently separated is never easy, but creating a formal schedule can help smooth over a lot of bumps in the road before they even happen. No matter how well you and your former spouse get along, having a schedule you can reference gives both of you a solid frame you can build your new relationship around without risking further stress on your children.
When I first started using Soberlink as a requirement to spend time with my daughter, others saw it as a nuisance, I was grateful for
By Danielle Stewart
While we all have different journeys in recovery, most will agree that accountability is a crucial component when it comes to staying clean
Child custody can be a contentious issue even in the most amicable of divorces. The problem only worsens when alcohol abuse is involved. Specifically, it can be a point of contention in three different ways:
None of these issues are cut and dry because the following questions will come up:
(1) Can you prove that the parent is, in fact, alcohol dependent?
(2) Is one parent accusing the other without merit?
(3) What effect does any drinking during visits have on the child’s well-being?
Proving alcoholism in custody cases is relatively easy in certain situations– for example, if the parent has a recent history of alcohol-related arrests and/or they are attending a court-mandated treatment program. Some will also admit that they have a problem during court proceedings and enter treatment voluntarily. If neither of these things happens, most “evidence” will be based on hearsay. In the worst-case scenario, the child becomes the informant, “spying” on the accused parent and reporting back to the other — which can be severely damaging to all involved.
It’s simple: you want each encounter with your child to be meaningful, no matter how frequently your parenting time schedule allows you to see them.
After years of careful study, they hold life and death in their hands every day; no one understands the miracle or the frailty of the
Addiction is addiction. That’s a fundamental principle to grasp when differentiating between different types of habits. In modern culture, drug use is generally stigmatized and
When someone wakes up after a night of drinking and feels dehydrated, nauseous and achy, we label this a hangover – a side effect of drinking too much. When an alcoholic or dependent drinker wakes up after a night of drinking, he or she will have different symptoms, due to drinking what their brain perceives as too little.
Since over time the body and brain become used to a steady flow of alcohol, withdrawal begins immediately when that perceived need is not being fed. This is why many who are dependent are compelled to drink first thing in the morning each and every day. They do not want to experience these symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
The severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms will depend on many factors, the major one being how long an individual has been drinking heavily. As a general rule, individuals will experience minor withdrawal symptoms after a heavy drinking period of between 7 and 30 days and major symptoms after a period of more than a month to several years of regular alcohol abuse.