Comforting a Griever

  Laura Clark Barefoot, Ph.D. Barefoot Chaplain Intervention Services May 22, 2016   As a certified Grief Recovery specialist I am often asked what someone should say or do when they are at a loss for words when attempting to comfort the survivor of a deceased person. The answer is similar for any type of…

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,…

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…

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…