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…

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,…

Do Recovering Addicts Really Grieve the Loss of Active Addiction?

Do recovering addicts really grieve the loss of active addiction? To begin with, let us be clear about the accurate definition of grief. Truly, grief is a topic which the definition is as wide and expansive as the ocean is blue. Unfortunately, there isn’t one single definition which covers grief in its entirety, considering the…