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VANITY FAIR OPIOIDS

By francesmurchison | November 21, 2018

  In October 2017, Tina Nguyen of Vanity Fair reported on the opioid crisis sweeping the United States. Pursuing a sober life in recovery, we at Whole Families know that our communities need to do more than “just say no.” It is truth-seekers like Tina who help bring these issues to light and give them …

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NONATTACHMENT

By francesmurchison | October 23, 2018

  As addicts ourselves and loving friends and family to addicts, it’s natural to feel that we’ve been dealt a heavy hand. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some spared, and some not? It is easy to let our pain and suffering prevail, taking the passenger seat alongside it. In the …

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JACK KORNFIELD

By francesmurchison | October 15, 2018

NONATTACHMENT As addicts ourselves and loving friends and family to addicts, it’s natural to feel that we’ve been dealt a heavy hand. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some spared, and some not? It is easy to let our pain and suffering prevail, taking the passenger seat alongside it. In the …

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JAMES TAYLOR

By francesmurchison | June 9, 2018

JAMES TAYLOR EXPOSE In an interview about the release of his most recent album, “Before This World” James Taylor says this: “If there’s anything I could make different about my family, it’s this: I wish we had understood addiction earlier. Well, I understood addiction – recovery was the thing I didn’t understand.” Suffering from mental …

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RETWEET (TARA BRACH)

By francesmurchison | June 4, 2018

RETWEET (TARA BRACH)   Tara Brach is a psychotherapist and a Buddhist whose teachings are founded on the idea of radical acceptance. She defines this as “clearly recognizing what we are feeling in the present moment and regarding that experience with compassion.” She writes below about her experience finding that within herself and sharing it …

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YOGA

By francesmurchison | May 13, 2018

YOGA As yoga teachers, aspiring yogis, hopeful handstanders, we at Whole Families could craft a lengthy dissertation in favor of this ancient practice. Groundedness and flight, fortitude and ease, power and surrender are life-saving binaries to reconcile – especially for us as addicts and those who love us. Yoga teaches us to strengthen from within. …

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SHARING OUR STORIES: ELTON JOHN

By francesmurchison | April 23, 2018

ELTON JOHN EXPOSE Mention indelible childhood memories, and most millennials can mindlessly belt out any lyric from the iconic “Circle of Life.” Offering it a bit more mindfulness, though, we witness composer Elton John telling a powerful story. As the song hits the chorus, John writes, “You can never take more than you give.” For …

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12 STEP RECOVERY: STEP 1

By francesmurchison | January 20, 2018

Step 1 We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. “Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness…But upon entering AA, we soon take quite another view of this absolute humiliation. We perceive that only through utter …