October 29, 2019
Counselor with Client

5 Innovative Discharge Planning Tips for Addiction Treatment Aftercare

Scientific American asks if rehabilitation successfully treats clients with Alcohol Use Disorder. They arrive at a strong conclusion: yes, and the success of an individual’s addiction treatment aftercare depends on the willingness of that individual to participate, including the strength of the plan set up for aftercare. Each individual person’s addiction treatment plan after discharge varies depending on their specific needs.
September 27, 2019
Father with Children Having Fun at Home

What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Standard Mean and How to Uphold It

A study conducted by the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions says that 48.3 percent of people who experience Alcohol Use Disorder reported that they had gone through a divorce in their lifetime. That’s almost half of all people surveyed. When a child is involved in the marriage, a custody case is likely to follow. In most family law custody cases, the phrase “best interests of the child” comes up again and again.
September 3, 2019
Alcohol Problems in Relationship

Using Alcohol Monitoring in the Collaborative Practice

Marriage can be compared to building a house. Blueprints for the future are made, concrete foundations of love, trust and commitment are laid, and the house is built. While some of these homes are able to withstand all of life’s occurrences, others are not. When this happens, there are many different alternatives that couples can use to go about deconstructing these homes.
July 26, 2019
Depressed Woman Looking Outside Train Window

Why Alcohol Use Disorder is a Chronic Disease and How to Manage it

Whether its environmental, genetic, lifestyle-related or all three, the gravitational pull individuals may feel toward alcohol can start as a means to “feel good” and lead to a dependence on the substance in order to feel normal. While society often promotes drinking in social situations, featuring it in television, movies, music and more, there is a stigma attached to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Among the harmful misconceptions associated with alcoholism are the beliefs that individuals choose to drink and lack the willpower to stop, attributing it to a vice, rather than a chronic disease--as it was declared in 1956 by the American Medical Association (AMA).
July 25, 2019
Father and Son Having Fun in Park

How Parenting Plans May Change as Kids Get Older

Although parents might not want them too, children grow up.  As the gap between childhood and adolescence rapidly closes, children will try to open the door to independence, and divorced parents may find that their previously established parenting plans don’t make it over the threshold. While the exact age at which this will occur varies from child to child, North Carolina Family Law Attorney Christopher Adkins says its common for parents to begin altering parenting plans when children are between the ages of 12-14 years old in order to reflect their changing needs. Children can influence these decisions, but as minors, it’s up to parents to lead the change. For parents that are looking to adapt their parenting plans, a good rule of thumb is to allow the plan to grow with the children as they navigate through life’s stages.
June 28, 2019
Changing Parenting Time for the Summer

4 Tips on Changing Parenting Time for the Summer

Summer can be a great source of excitement for many children and families, as well as a source of anxiety. When those school doors shut, parents are left to manage their children’s open agendas, often while managing their own work schedule. This can be especially difficult for divorced parents as they try to navigate a new, temporary parenting plan until school is back in session. Depending on a family’s unique situation, the need to modify summer parenting plans may arise.
June 18, 2019
Female Psychologist during an Alcohol Treatment Session

Why Treatment Providers Strongly Recommend Alcohol Monitoring for Lasting Recovery

Treatment providers in the addiction recovery field have one unifying goal: help clients attain and maintain sobriety. One way to achieve this goal and help clients overcome Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is through alcohol monitoring. As the leader in remote alcohol monitoring technology, Soberlink has helped treatment providers enhance clients’ recovery journeys for nearly a decade. Continue reading to discover why four out of five treatment providers recommend Soberlink.
May 31, 2019
Consulting Recovering Patient

Communication Tips for Treatment Professionals: Improve Your Relationship with Your Clients

Communication is the key to all successful relationships. It is the foundation on which trust, the cornerstone of relationships, is built. In a client-provider relationship, this trust is known as the therapeutic alliance, which helps patients know the treatment provider has their best interest at heart. Findings suggest that a strong therapeutic alliance helps reduce psychological distress during treatment for substance use disorders and facilitate necessary gains in maintaining sobriety, such as increased motivation, self-efficacy or coping skills.
May 14, 2019
Father and Daughter

How to Successfully Navigate a Co-Parenting Agreement

When comprising a co-parenting agreement, many factors must be considered. The needs of the parent are always important, but Family Law courts always place priority on the child and their needs. What are the issues to look out for when going through this process and what is a co-parenting agreement? A legal co-parenting agreement is a provision for the parenting rights and duties for each adult that is assigned a job for the child. This can include anything from where the child goes to school, where they live, or even what medical care they should receive. The agreement will dictate many life changing decisions for the child and needs to be carefully thought out when being created.
May 1, 2019
Daughter Walking Hand in hand with Parents

5 Tips for More Efficient Parenting Plans

At the end of the 20th century, 43% to 46% of marriages in the US were predicted to end in dissolution, according to the Journal of Marriage and Family. Divorces are hard in any circumstance, but when there are children involved things become increasingly more complicated. It’s important that parents attempt to put their differences aside to create an effective parenting plan, or custody agreement, that will provide structure and stability to help children adjust more easily during this period of change. Here are five tips for creating efficient and thorough parenting plans.