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…

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,…

Releasing Past Mistakes

Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services January 1, 2016   “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” –Paolo Coelho, Brida   Releasing Past Mistakes Let’s not kid…

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…

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…

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,…

Clinical Interventions

Our clinical interventions services can help get your loved one into treatment and manage the recovery process afterward. Click here to Get Help! Initial consultation There is no charge to call our offices and discuss your situation. We’ll make recommendations on next steps, intervention strategies and treatment options, and tell you about professional services.   To learn…

Grief Recovery

Are you suffering from a broken heart? Did a death, divorce, or the end of a romantic relationship cause it? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses that a person might experience such as moving, pet loss, or a change in finances? Regardless of the cause, you know how you feel…

Testimonials

“I have participated in several interventions. But, I have never been a participant in the caliber of polished professionalism and expertise Laura led our team through!” -J.D., Visalia, CA. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Laura. We are humbled by the care and compassion you showed my son. We had almost given up,…