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“Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics.”  -  Neil Paul, Author and marriage and addiction professional. 

 

One of the most disturbing consequences of addiction is its effect on the family structure and individual relationships within the family setting. Restoring harmony and stability in the home, repairing the methods of communication, and returning unity; mentally, emotionally and physically to families is an important part of what we do at The Refuge Center.   

We do this by offering the following services:

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Jamie is an addiction and recovery professional.  She holds five nationally recognized certifications: Recovery Coach (NCRC), Family Recovery Coach (NCFRC), Christian Life Coach (NCCLC), Christian Family Recovery Coach (NCCFRC) and Food Addictions Coach (NCFAC).  She has a BS in Education from McNeese State University and an MA in Christian Leadership with an emphasis in Family Addiction Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  She is a writer, blogger, speaker, educator, coach and Christian and Pastoral Care counselor.

The Refuge Center of Houston

July 11, 2019

Recovery coach Jamie Edwards shares personal and professional insight on codependency and three valuable tips that can help you take back you today.

December 11, 2018

Recovery coach Jamie Edwards details how naming your pain and lamenting heartbreak and loss can help you heal.

November 12, 2018

Standing strong in the space between codependency and tough love

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…

not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.”

- Henri Nouwen

I was listening to one of my favorite podcast personalities recently and heard this:

“Solidarity is different than solution.” 

These words r...

October 17, 2018

I was with a group of friends last night and someone shared this quote:

“Recovery does not cure us of every human imperfection or eliminate all pain

in our lives, but it gives us tools to deal with our problems

and continually work to improve ourselves.” 

These words have stayed with me, and I find myself repeating them over and over in my head. As I contemplate why this quote struck me so hard, I’m reminded of the pain that ari...

September 12, 2018

Unsure how to help an addict or alcoholic that you love? Recovery coach Jamie Edwards shares her personal experience navigating her daughter’s addiction, her fears and, ultimately, love.

May 17, 2018

Is abstinence the only way my loved one can get sober?

My initial answer to that question was emphatically YES! … until it wasn’t.

Scientific data, clinician attributions, disease model perspectives and empirical medical evidence simply do not support the abstinence only theory. However, there is well-documented, well supported evidence to the contrary, which got me thinking…

One of the standard medical practices when treating a...

April 18, 2018

When A Family Member Relapses: The important role of Acceptance 

Some of us see it coming, some of us don’t. Even if we saw the telltale signs, it doesn’t lessen the blow. Relapse is devastating for both the substance users and those who love them. 

Our first question is usually "why?"  Followed closely by "how?"  After that, a long list of other inquiries form as our minds are assaulted with scenarios and fueled by heartache, f...

February 24, 2018

February 24th is International Family Drug Support Day. My blog posts this month are in recognition and support of this day and its intended purpose of increasing public addiction awareness along with family knowledge and support.

Sadly, 2016 held the highest death tolls to date in preventable, accidental drug poisoning deaths (overdoses). This staggering number tallies over 64,070 deaths. This is a 21 percent increase over 201...

December 24, 2017

Finding Warmth And Joy Amidst Addiction: The Holidays And Recovery - Part III
Two more tips for coping with the holidays in recovery

In part one of this three-part blog series, I discussed how trying to change the truth, the past or others is futile, unkind and, perhaps most importantly, unloving.  We discussed how to find contentment and happiness without making others responsible for our feelings.

In part two, we looked specif...

December 18, 2017

Finding Warmth And Joy Amidst Addiction, The Holidays And Recovery - Part II
More tips for families of addicts to gain and maintain serenity this holiday season. 

In part one of this three-part blog series, I discussed how trying to change the truth, the past or others is futile, unkind and, perhaps most importantly, unloving.  We discussed how to find contentment and happiness without making others responsible for our fee...

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