In part 1 of my conversation with Mike Speakman, we discuss how to help “drug-proof” your child, how recovery works, and what to do about the drug addiction issues facing our community. We talk about recovery from addiction, cultural rites of passage, personal growth through relationships, family, community, and counseling. We discuss how delayed emotional growth in children may contribute to illegal drug use as an adult. We discuss how parents can intervene successfully to help an addicted child. We discuss the current culture in the United States and how we can all help our neighbors and children to navigate some of the difficulties facing our communities through drugs and other forms of addiction. We discuss personal growth and how to be open to different points of view so that you can help yourself and others to change. It's difficult to summarize this vibrant and wide-ranging conversation. We hope you enjoy this interview with Mike Speakman LISAC, founder of the PAL support group (parents of addicted loved ones).
Most children in the United States will end up experimenting with drugs by the time they are adults, so you can't really ever drug-proof anyone 100%, but there are many things to learn as a family member or friend that can help someone steer clear of drug addiction. Learn how by working with a counselor who has experience with addiction work and check out Mike's book here.
Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.
If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups. For details, click here.
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Original music, used with permission:
"Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL
"Solar Flares" [Instrumental] from Modified Dreams by PAWL