Lessons from Laura

Georgia: A Dog's Journey

Lessons from Laura

My name is Georgia and for years Laura was my human. I'm now crossing the Rainbow Bridge, but before I go, here is my story about life with Laura.

Day 1: It Can Happen to You

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Many of you look at your beautiful children, are thankful for your great family, and think that addiction will never touch you. Think again. .. →

Day 2: Addiction is All Around You

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The statistics from studies done 3 years ago give you a picture of what is happening in the United States, and certainly, the numbers are larger 3.. →

Day 3: Addiction is a Disease of the Mind

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According to Harvard Health, “Today we recognize addiction as a chronic disease that changes both brain structure and function. Just as.. →

Day 4: The Path to Addiction Starts Early

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Nine out of ten people with substance addictions first begin using before they even turn 18. In fact, substance abuse before the age of 15 can make.. →

Day 5: Addiction Runs in the Family

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The children of addicts are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction. A study looked at 231 people who were diagnosed with drug or alcohol.. →

Day 6: Addiction Affects Everyone in the Family

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When someone becomes addicted and relentlessly pursues the substance, their behaviors radically change and their family and friends become obstacles.. →

Day 7: Phoenix Outdoor - Focus on the Family

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As a result of our experiences in treatment with Laura, my husband and I made the decision to start a licensed wilderness therapy program in 2004,.. →

Day 8: Addiction is All Around You

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Addiction is all around you. Here are the numbers: 27 million Americans suffer from drug and alcohol addiction Ages 12-17, 1.3 Million.. →

Day 9: Grieving Your Child Suffering from Addiction

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If you have an addicted child, spouse or significant other, they are no longer someone you recognize. In reality, you have experienced the death of a.. →

Day 10: Addiction Affects the Family in Profound Ways

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If you have an addict in your immediate family, make sure not to forget the children whose lives have been turned upside down. Spend time with them,.. →

Day 11: Addiction Can Test the Best of Marriages

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If you have a teenager or young adult that is going down the path of addiction, it’s critical that both parents come together with a battle plan.. →

Day 12: The Impact of Addiction on Grandparents

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Laura was very close to her grandparents, Nana and Pop. Here is Laura dressed up with Nana in a photo session that saw her in this dress and a number.. →

Day 13: Addiction is a Progressive Disases

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If you are struggling with an addict in your workplace, your family or in your friend circle, if they do not choose to treat the disease, it will.. →

Day 14: The Before, During and After

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Yesterday, we had a celebration of life for Laura Bradfield, who lost her long battle with addiction on December 21. People flew in from around the.. →

Day 16: Understanding the Risk Factors of Addiction

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Developing an addiction begins before the age of 18 in 90% of those that eventually become addicted. And once you are in the disease state and as.. →

Day 17: Adverse Childhood Experiences Dramatically Increase Substance Abuse Risk

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) that happen in childhood can be severe such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, violence in the home or.. →

Day 18: What Do Children Consider to Be an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)?

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The first thing that we have to do is to determine if a single event or a more persistent set of circumstances is considered “adverse” in the.. →

Day 19: Adverse Childhood Experiences Disrupt their View of the World

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Most of us experience setbacks and adverse experiences, but somehow, we manage to bounce back and move forward, putting those experiences in the.. →

Day 20: Protecting Your Child by Helping them Manage Through Change

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Because we are adults, we look at situations with an adult lens. How many times have you caught yourself saying to your child, “just brush it.. →

Day 21: The Gift

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Hindsight is always 20/20 and I want to share a creative strategy that I would have used to help Laura avoid that peer pressure and the difficult.. →

Day 22: Parents Must Be Good Role Models for their Children

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Parents are the most important teachers and role models for their children which should extend to the way they view drinking. Think carefully about.. →

Day 23: Managing Your Childrens' Electronics

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Parents should be strategic about the way their children use electronics A recent study found that 85 percent of parents allow their children.. →

Day 24: Sex and Addiction in Teenage Girls

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Acting out sexually and abusing drugs often feed off each other, and it is not uncommon for one to lead to the other. Girls abusing drugs or alcohol.. →

Day 25: Is Your Child a Thermostat or Thermometer

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The ability for a child to self-regulate himself means that they exert control over their “climate” vs. being the thermometer that goes up or.. →

Day 26: Anger and Anxiety: Key Predictors of Risk for Addiction

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Anger and anxiety seem to go hand in hand and are signs that your child or adolescent is disregulated. If they don’t have a strategy to manage that.. →

Day 27: Parents Need to Raise their Awarness

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Addiction can happen even in the most healthy and supportive families. Without knowing it, some of us fall into certain parenting traps that put.. →

Day 28: Your Friends & Family Will Not Understand

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Making the difficult decision to treat your child for their substance abuse is an act of bravery. You are being the best parent you know how to be.. →

Day 29: The Emotional Roller Coaster for Parents

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If you are a parent that is going or has gone through this experience with your child, you are not alone and not going through an experience that is.. →

Day 30: My Personal Journey of Grief

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As bad as my grief is, there also comes hope, purpose, and meaning. The last 30 days of Lesson from Laura has taught me that so many of you need.. →