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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: Drug Addicted Dad?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach: Drug Addicted Dad?

I love my Dad, but my husband and I have had it with his drug addiction.  We were letting him live with us to help him out. He relapsed again, so we kicked him out.  Now I can’t bring myself to take his calls or talk to him.  How can I be there for him while setting limits for myself? Setting limits is necessary when dealing with an addicted family member, so you needed to kick him out if he was disrupting your own family life.  Don’t allow yourself to go down the path of feeling guilty over that one, nor over not taking his calls for the time being.  You sound angry, and rightfully so, if his pattern has been to relapse “again”.  That said, I’m sure you realize that relapse is a part of addiction, so expect more relapses on his journey toward recovery.  In trying to be there for him, start with deciding on your personal limits.  Make your own health and well being your number one priority.  This is tough stuff you’ve been dealt! Unleash your Personal Power! Ask yourself these Life Coaching questions: What boundaries do you need to set in your relationship with your Dad? What time frame do you set for yourself to start implementing these boundaries? What can you do to support him that will not leave you feeling “put-out”? What does he do that makes you the angriest? How can you minimize your involvement in that part of his life? What do you have to do to take care of yourself in this situation? Do you have an addicted family member, and what have you done to cope? Follow Joan’s Life Coaching questions Daily at www.joanjerkovich.com Joan Jerkovich is a Board Certified Life Coach who takes your questions on Relationships, Health,

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Strained Family Holiday Relationships

Strained Family Holiday Relationships

It’s that time of year when we get thrown together with those family members we don’t get along with, or worse, would be happy to avoid seeing altogether. The drinker who imbibes too much to the embarrassment of all. The politico who likes to argue his point until everyone is frustrated. The jokester whose jokes always poke fun at someone else. The pill popper who sits in the corner glassy eyed and disengaged. The newly widowed or divorced who are struggling to make it through their first holiday alone. The drama king or queen who can always be expected to stir the pot and get people riled up. The unexpected angry outburst that leaves those involved fuming, and those who are not, wishing they could leave. The stress of being in the same room with the family member you have been avoiding all year. The combination of challenging holiday scenarios is unlimited and we’ve all found ourselves in these situations. Would you like to talk with me about strained family holidays?                       Join my Live Chat!  Details below. So how do you brace for the onslaught of uncomfortable interactions and emotions during the Holidays? Plan ahead for what you will say to that challenging person to avoid a confrontation. Repeat a calming mantra in your head. When you feel yourself getting triggered, focus on your breathing. Embrace your personal power by maintaining your dignity and keeping your cool. Honor yourself by setting reasonable boundaries; such as not allowing personal attacks. Take the high road by apologizing or holding out the olive branch for peace (if only for the day). Monitor your own behavior, don’t drink too much, choose your words thoughtfully. If you feel provoked, disengage or walk away.  A family

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“Coming Out”

"Coming Out"

Listen to Joan’s Life Coaching Video on when is the right time to come out and contact Joan to arrange for your own free Life Coaching call! Link: http://vyou.com/user_107473/2462183/Anderson-Cooper-just-came-out-publicly-that-he-is-gay-How-do-you-know-when-its-the-right-time-to-come-out

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