Addiction does not only impact the one addicted, it also affects their family and friends. It’s hard to see your loved one hurting and struggling. But you can’t help them heal with guilt and shame. There are tools and resources to help you help your loved one make a positive change. The goal is to help them feel safe, heard and seen, supported, and understood. 

On today’s episode, Duane talks with licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist Kenneth Carpenter, PhD. He is the co-author of The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends: Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved One Make Positive Change. Ken is the Director of Training for the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) and CMC: Foundation for Change. He has held academic and research science positions at New York-based universities and state agencies. 

If you have a loved one who might be bound by the chains of addiction, learn how you can foster an open communication with them and hopefully, bring lasting change. 

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Motivation that comes from hope instead of pain
  • What is motivational interviewing
  • Understanding that ambivalence is part of the process
  • How to set the tone of your conversations
  • Practicing self-awareness and connecting to your values
  • Using positive reinforcement to support the change process

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Supporting Resources: 

The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends

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