Panthera Tigris

Posted by Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D.Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services, June 24, 2016 There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but any way you do it, it’s messy.  Eric Thompson It’s only been since Mother’s day, my adult son returned from a year long stint in recovery. This was the 7th time, over a…

Bona Fide and True

  Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services May 19, 2016   “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  E.E. Cummings   Not long ago, I was gifted the opportunity to share my opinion with someone I considered to be a universal mentor. “Universal” is the way I like…

Scapegoat Escape

Scapegoat Escape   Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services May 11, 2016   In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted; it’s the talking about them that is forbidden. -M. Sirota   Within the context of the Holy Bible, specifically Leviticus 16:18, a scapegoat is defined as someone who is unfairly made to…

My Companion, Your Best Friend

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France Growing up in an alcoholic home, it was only natural to find solace in relationships with animals. My lifelong love for them is clearly the product of childhood trauma. The adult daughter of an alcoholic, I have revisited memories…

The Truth About My Addict I Am Not Afraid To Tell

The Truth About My Addict I Am Not Afraid To Tell Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services January 9, 2016 One of the single most difficult challenges we parents face is the acceptance of our child being an addict. For some, it can mean years before we acknowledge we are in, way in,…

Judging Others: a Social Sport or a Negative Vice?

Judging Others: a Social Sport or a Negative Vice? Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services January 4, 2016 Be curious, not judgmental. – Walt Whitman   You and I are guilty, admit it. I surrender, as I have before. My conclusion, it’s our nature…human nature. Just because, it’s our nature to be judgmental,…

Ten Tips to Start Loving Yourself

Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services December 30, 2015 One of the most difficult challenges in recovery and in our lives is the struggle we face with loving and accepting ourselves; completely, with all of our self-proclaimed imperfections and shortcomings, embracing who we are. Why can’t we believe we are good enough, for…

Lying. Convenience or self-esteem issue?

Lying. Convenience or self-esteem issue? In a society where we are attracted to convenience, and time means money, wouldn’t it make better sense to tell the truth in the first place? Logically speaking, yes, but, it’s a matter of self-esteem we are really talking about. Self-esteem may very well be the biggest contributing factor when…

The Opposite Of Love Is Not Hate

The Opposite Of Love Is Not Hate Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services December 27, 2015 Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to go to sleep tonight and wake in the morning with all of our fears removed – every single one? Ponder the thought for a minute. How different would…

Ten Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sobriety During the Holidays

Ten Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sobriety During the Holidays Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. / Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services December 24, 2015 As anyone of us with addiction knows, getting sober, staying sober, staying away from trigger foods, drinks, and the like is no small task. Determination, support from others, and dedication to live…

Sober Companion

Some people need the extra services of a Sober Companion to help them acclimate to life in recovery after treatment. Addiction treatment is a highly structured environment and some need help incorporating the tools they learned in treatment into their daily lives.   To learn more about how Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services can help you,…