Reflecting on the Holidays and Parenting in Recovery


For many of us in recovery, the holidays offered an opportunity to reflect on the passing-down of intergenerational wisdom. We were able to reunite with parents who live at a distance and spend quality time with the kids.


Some agonize over what they feel is missing in their family. Others have moved on to repair or build anew family ties with their own children. It’s a new year and a good time to think about the emotional maturity it takes to be a parent and a child. (What with Santa checking his naughty list and spoiling the kids.)


Parenting in Recovery – Best of Blog

Here’s my favorite Excursions articles on “Parenting in Recovery” including one of my own…


Sober Mum Driving the Car at Night!   blank

Couldn’t Do This if I Was Still Boozing… I had one of those classic “couldn’t do this if I was still boozing” parenting moments the other day. Our 9-year-old had a friend over for a sleepover and late in the evening (around 9.30pm) we were interrupted in the living room by a little boy in […]






Parenting in Recovery   blank

I regularly go to a meeting, where once a month we have a “fireball” format in which the sharer picks someone from the group and gives them a topic. It seems I have been given the topic of “being a parent in recovery” multiple times.  I always get the feeling that everyone is expecting me to […]





Codependency: Why the Children of Alcoholics Try to Make it All Better… blank

I love self-help books.   It’s embarrassing… but I’m, like, drawn to them. It may be the natural counselor in me. I’ve read: French Women Don’t Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love; Succulent, Wild Women: Dancing with Your Wonder-Full Self; Radical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams; and my most recent late […]


Author Carlee Whitcome (MA, LLMSW) is a counselor at Sanford House. Carlee has a natural calling and talent for counseling - beginning as early as high school. In addition to leading 12 step discussions, Carlee supports all paths to recovery, modeling and empowering a variety of new ways of thinking including secular, religious, or spiritual. She is well seasoned in the spiritual paths of Yoga and Tai Chi, which she studied at GVSU and elsewhere, offering a unique experience of these mind-body-spirit practices integrated with counseling therapy.