How do we care for someone—and ourselves—when a loved one is suffering from addiction? Dr. Carrie Wilkens provides insight.
Carrie Wilkens, PhD, is cofounder and clinical director of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) in New York City; Long Island, NY; and Washington, DC. She is cofounder of CMC: Berkshires, a private inpatient/residential program in western Massachusetts, and cofounder and president of CMC: Foundation for Change, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the dissemination of evidence-based ideas and strategies to professionals and loved ones of persons struggling with substance use through the Invitation to Change approach.
Wilkens is coauthor of the award-winning books, Beyond Addiction and The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends: Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved One Make Positive Change (New Harbinger), which was featured in Spirituality & Health's Sept/Oct 2022 feature “Books We Love.” She is also contributor to the user-friendly workbook The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide.
“Nobody just decides to be sober—they learn it, they practice it, and it’s a lifelong journey.”
In this episode, Carrie and Rabbi Rami discuss addiction and recovery, caring for loved ones in addiction, and using curiosity to encourage change.
Read Rabbi Rami's thoughts on this discussion here.
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