Almost 16 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder in 2016 and nearly 80 million Americans were affected by a loved one’s drinking.
Do you know the difference between Alcohol Use, Alcohol Abuse, and Alcoholism? My guest Lisa Frederiksen, author of “If You Loved Me You’d Stop,” explained the characteristics of Alcohol Use Disorder and the consequences of drinking on family members as well as the person drinking. Alcoholism can be treated and a person can have a complete remission. It’s never too late to get help.
Guest: Lisa Frederiksen is the founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. Her 40 years of experience coping with loved ones who drank too much and her 16 years of work studying the scientific research on brain development, alcohol, drug use disorders, mental illness, trauma, and the family member’s experience, culminate in her “10th Anniversary Edition of “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!“ Lisa is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, consultant, and author of 12 books.
The ACE’s study is one of the largest investigations conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.
How have the adverse experiences of your childhood impacted your physical and emotional health as an adult? Some steps in healing is understanding and untangling what happened, talking about the trauma, and learning resiliency skills. When a child is acting out in school, or an adult is abusing drugs or alcohol we can ask, “What happened to her, instead of what’s wrong with her.”
Lisa Frederiksen is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!,” “Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn’t,” and “Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions.” She is a national keynote speaker with over 30 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 15 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on a range of brain-related topics, including: ACEs, toxic stress, trauma, substance use disorders, secondhand drinking, mental illness, brain development, and addiction treatment and recovery. Some of her consulting has been overseas in countries such as Kenya, Slovenia, and Mexico. Lisa is an active member of the ACEs Connection~Resilient Sac Community.
Wendie Skala, BSN, MS. When she first became a nurse she specialized in intensive care and emergency nursing.Wendie flew for Stanford Life Flight for 10 years and honed her skills in prehospital transport of critically injured patients. She joined the Air Force Reserve in 1999 and achieved the rank of Lt. Col. while serving 7 deployments overseas in support of OPERATION IRAQI AND ENDURING FREEDOM. Along with transporting wounded warriors, she assumed command and control roles and functioned as the Chief Nurse for air operations in Afghanistan, and she earned her Masters’ Degree in Military Science. In 2009, she took on the role as the Injury Prevention Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente’s first trauma center in South Sacramento. There she implemented the Sacramento Violence Intervention Program that provided services for shot, stabbed, and almost assaulted to death victims of violence along with her other work preventing motor vehicle crashes and older adult falls. Some of the programs she championed in the community included the Alternatives to Violence Program and Standing Up Resilient Sac, an ACEs Connection Collaborative. In her role at Kaiser Permanente, Wendie worked with law enforcement, schools, non-profits, and government agencies to educate about ACEs and Trauma Informed Care. She has presented nationally on the subject and is a contributing author and educator of the American Trauma Society’s Injury Prevention Course. Currently, Wendie is Adjunct Faculty at Samuel Merritt’s School of Nursing in Sacramento and continues to work with ACEs Connection and Resilient Sac.
We addressed alcohol addiction as a chronic and treatable brain disease that requires medical intervention, not moral judgment.
Lisa Frederiksen is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!,” “Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn’t,” and “Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions.” She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention, and treatment; mental disorders; addiction as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); and secondhand drinking (SHD) help for the family. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits, and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.