The confusion, struggles, and stress while loving a child through their own challenges with substance use can claim your energies, your happiness, your peace, right? We need tools, methods, practices, skills that work. Read on for some of those!
For the next few months, I’ll be sharing with you a bit about each of the topics of The Invitation to Change Approach. The ITC (Invitation to Change) takes the best science has to offer, including compassion, and makes it easy to understand and put into action.
It can work for the relationship with your child AND any relationship, even the relationship with yourself.
I invite you to consider inviting change into your heart, into your relationships, into your life. You may be surprised that “change” is not as hard as one might believe.
When I learn and practice new strategies that actually work (and those are the only ones I share), it brings more peace, it de-escalates tension, it increases my confidence, it strengthens my intention to show up in my life and for my son in ways that help us both.
You are invited to more peace.
Topic #1 ~ Behaviors Make Sense
Behaviors make sense in some way. People use substances because it serves a purpose. You don’t have to like it, probably won’t, but arguing with the reality of it will cause more stress. Instead, seek to understand.
Some reasons why people use substances or engage in related behaviors. I invite you to consider with compassion and kindness why any of us would reach for anything to accomplish the following:
People don’t use substances because they’re bad or crazy. They use substances because they work well, they’re fast, they’re reliable, and give a measure of personal control. They meet a need, they serve at least one purpose. Good to know, good to understand what's really going on.
Why it matters that Behaviors Make Sense:
With curiosity, connecting to your heart, gaining clarity, and communicating from a place of understanding (doesn’t mean easy or in agreement or looking the other way) we can make a difference!
I invite you to consider with an open mind, open heart, with compassion how behaviors, emotions, attitudes actually make sense – in others and in yourself.
Breathe, touch your heart, feel the love in you, send it out to your child, to the world, to anyone who needs it.
Maybe change is not as hard as we might believe. And you’re invited to find out. Let me know how you experience “making sense”.
Love wins here!
To learn more about The Invitation to Change Approach, please click here: https://cmcffc.org/about
To Peace and Possibility!
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