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Hopestream is the defacto resource for parents who have a teen or young adult child who's misusing drugs or alcohol, hosted by Brenda Zane. Brenda is a Mayo Clinic Certified health & wellness coach, CRAFT Parent Coach, and mom of a son who nearly lost his life to addiction. Guests include experts in addiction, prevention, and treatment, family members impacted by their loved one's substance use, and wellness and self-care specialists. You'll also hear heartfelt messages from me, your host. It's a safe, nurturing respite from the chaos and confusion you live with. Between the episodes, we gather in our private communities, The Stream for moms and The Woods for dads. Learn more at www.brendazane.com.

Hopestream for parenting kids through drug use and addiction Brenda Zane

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Hopestream is the defacto resource for parents who have a teen or young adult child who's misusing drugs or alcohol, hosted by Brenda Zane. Brenda is a Mayo Clinic Certified health & wellness coach, CRAFT Parent Coach, and mom of a son who nearly lost his life to addiction. Guests include experts in addiction, prevention, and treatment, family members impacted by their loved one's substance use, and wellness and self-care specialists. You'll also hear heartfelt messages from me, your host. It's a safe, nurturing respite from the chaos and confusion you live with. Between the episodes, we gather in our private communities, The Stream for moms and The Woods for dads. Learn more at www.brendazane.com.

    Happiness and Joy Are Not the Same (and Why It Matters For Parents), with Alex Stavros, CEO of Embark Behavioral Health

    Happiness and Joy Are Not the Same (and Why It Matters For Parents), with Alex Stavros, CEO of Embark Behavioral Health

    Sometimes, parents seeking guidance and comfort during difficult times are told to “choose happiness”.  My guest today believes instead, we should be choosing joy.

    Alex Stavros is the CEO of Embark Behavioral Health, a leading network of premiere youth outpatient centers and residential programs.  Their “big hairy audacious goal” is driving down youth anxiety, depression, and suicide from the all-time highs of today to all-time lows by 2028.
    In addition to his decade of work with Embark, Alex brings some unique personal experiences to the conversation.  As a child, his family uprooted their lives in Minnesota to serve people living in abject poverty in the slums of Peru.  This upbringing has given him some much-needed perspective on happiness, joy, and how each applies to the lives of families struggling with substance misuse issues.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    the difference between happiness and joy - and why it matters to parents in particularhow Embark is using this concept to change livesand the three major challenges to fixing the nation’s mental health crisisLearn about The Stream, our private online community for moms, at www.thestreamcommunity.com
    We now have a new community for dads parenting a child who struggles with substance use and mental health; The Woods: members.thewoodscommunity.org
    Find us on Instagram: @the.stream.community
    Download my free e-book, HINDSIGHT: Three Things I Wish I Knew When My Son Was Misusing Drugs: www.brendazane.com/hindsight
    Join my email list: www.brendazane.com/email

    • 41 min
    Coaching Episode: The Purpose of Self-Care and Importance of Acknowledging Progress When Your Child Chooses Sobriety

    Coaching Episode: The Purpose of Self-Care and Importance of Acknowledging Progress When Your Child Chooses Sobriety

    If you’re here listening to Hopestream, you probably know that working through substance misuse can take a heavy toll on family relationships.  Even after a child achieves sobriety, family dynamics are sometimes still disrupted by  the intensely  emotional process everyone has been through.
    In this coaching episode, I’ll meet Alana, a Stream Community parent whose oldest daughter is now 11 months sober.  Alana has watched her struggle — especially during the first two years of COVID — with devastating  bouts of depression and anxiety, which have twice been made worse by personal traumas.
    Alana is optimistic about her daughter’s sobriety, but she’s  still navigating those mental health issues. She wants her to be stable and independent but can’t seem to stop trying to “fix” her daughter’s life with a never-ending to-do list and nagging. In this episode, Alana and I work through:


    How she can encourage  good, sober choices by her daughter - without nagging her

    Recognizing progress and the importance of positive reinforcement
    how self-care changes the way our children see us

    and what I did wrong that pushed my son to continue his substance use Learn about The Stream, our private online community for moms, at www.thestreamcommunity.com
    We now have a new community for dads parenting a child who struggles with substance use and mental health; The Woods: members.thewoodscommunity.org
    Find us on Instagram: @the.stream.community
    Download my free e-book, HINDSIGHT: Three Things I Wish I Knew When My Son Was Misusing Drugs: www.brendazane.com/hindsight
    Join my email list: www.brendazane.com/email

    • 52 min
    The Intersection of Adoption and Substance Use, with Eric Fawson, LCSW

    The Intersection of Adoption and Substance Use, with Eric Fawson, LCSW

    Host: Brenda Zane, Guest: Eric Fawson, LCSW
    Numerous studies show that adopted children are significantly more likely to develop substance use disorders. Is this true? If so, why? And how can parents of adopted children support and guide them through those tendencies?
    Today I’m speaking with Eric Fawson. Eric has been practicing therapy for more than 15 years, focusing on attachment, trauma, and the substance misuse that often accompanies these issues. He has served as a Clinical Director and is currently a therapist at Elements Wilderness. Eric was also adopted at birth and has worked with countless adoptees, making him particularly qualified to talk about the unique challenges facing adoptive parents.
    In this discussion, we’ll be exploring:
    why adopted children may struggle with addiction
     how parents’ state of mind can affect discussions about substance use
     and why it’s so important to be part of a community that understands what you’re going through as a parent with a child experimenting with or misusing substancesLearn about The Stream, our private online community for moms, at www.thestreamcommunity.com
    We now have a new community for dads parenting a child who struggles with substance use and mental health; The Woods: members.thewoodscommunity.org
    Find us on Instagram: @the.stream.community
    Download my free e-book, HINDSIGHT: Three Things I Wish I Knew When My Son Was Misusing Drugs: www.brendazane.com/hindsight
    Join my email list: www.brendazane.com/email

    • 54 min
    Straight From My Heart; You Don't Get To Tap Out On Yourself, with Brenda Zane

    Straight From My Heart; You Don't Get To Tap Out On Yourself, with Brenda Zane

    Today I'm going to share from my heart some things I've been thinking about which haven't really seemed to fit into any other episode.  I decided to bump the show I had planned as the first in Season Four of Hopestream to share a few heartfelt thoughts with you as we head into a new year.⁠

    You'll learn what I really want, more than anything, and why. You'll also learn something you don't get to do while you're in a very difficult season with your son or daughter.⁠ It's short, real, and a bit of a pep talk/love letter just for you.
    Learn about The Stream, our private online community for moms, at www.thestreamcommunity.com
    We now have a new community for dads parenting a child who struggles with substance use and mental health; The Woods: members.thewoodscommunity.org
    Find us on Instagram: @the.stream.community
    Download my free e-book, HINDSIGHT: Three Things I Wish I Knew When My Son Was Misusing Drugs: www.brendazane.com/hindsight
    Join my email list: www.brendazane.com/email

    • 18 min
    Golden Nuggets of 2022

    Golden Nuggets of 2022

    Show notes are located at: www.brendazane.com/hopestream/146

    In this compilation of 12 impactful episodes, you'll hear from: 
    Dr. Anna Lembke, Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., Dina Cannizzaro, Dr. Brad Reedy, Cathy Cioth, Steve Sawyer, Dr. Gabor Maté, Mark LaPalme, Rebekah Mutch, Andy Goldstrom, Bill Guy and Anne Moss Rogers.

    It's that time of year! This episode has become an annual tradition here at Hopestream, where I open up the vault from 2022, reflect on the year, over 50 episodes, so many guests, and pluck out a few of the golden nuggets that were shared.
    It’s ridiculously hard because it feels like I’m picking my favorite children, but it’s meaningful in that I see common threads and themes that emerge through the various conversations.

    Head to the show notes to find links to each guest and their resources.
    Learn about The Stream, our private online community for moms, at www.thestreamcommunity.com
    We now have a new community for dads parenting a child who struggles with substance use and mental health; The Woods: members.thewoodscommunity.org
    Find us on Instagram: @the.stream.community
    Download my free e-book, HINDSIGHT: Three Things I Wish I Knew When My Son Was Misusing Drugs: www.brendazane.com/hindsight
    Join my email list: www.brendazane.com/email

    • 1 hr 16 min
    How Adventure Therapy Can Offer Young Adults Life-Long Tools for Mental Health & Resilience, with Andrew Taylor

    How Adventure Therapy Can Offer Young Adults Life-Long Tools for Mental Health & Resilience, with Andrew Taylor

    When your son or daughter has been struggling with mental health or misusing substances for any period of time, it can be hard to recall who they are without the external influence of those substances, screens, or social media. Let alone remember who they are when they get consistent sleep, good nutrition, and regular outdoor exercise. A benefit of residential therapeutic environments is that they help re-discover your son or daughter’s behavioral and mental health baseline and identify what resources will impact lasting change most. 
    In this episode, I’m talking with the founder of Pure Life Adventure Therapy, Andrew Taylor. He shares how Adventure Therapy is different from Wilderness Therapy and how it specifically supports young adults who are experiencing isolation, anxiety, and depression. While it’s not designed to support young people in active addiction or those who are newly sober, it’s a powerful combination of nature, fun, and deep therapy. It’s a way for young adults to learn first-hand how to develop resilience for the challenges of everyday life. 


    In this episode, you’ll learn: 
    The impact of nature on the brain and nervous systemWho Adventure Therapy is good for and who isn’t a good matchThe difference between “acting in” versus “acting out” and what to watch forHow to engage a son or daughter who is regularly wearing the mask of, “I’m fine!”Why we need to be affirming of emotions and challenge our kids to exercise grit and resilience at the same timeLearn about The Stream, our private online community for moms, at www.thestreamcommunity.com
    We now have a new community for dads parenting a child who struggles with substance use and mental health; The Woods: members.thewoodscommunity.org
    Find us on Instagram: @the.stream.community
    Download my free e-book, HINDSIGHT: Three Things I Wish I Knew When My Son Was Misusing Drugs: www.brendazane.com/hindsight
    Join my email list: www.brendazane.com/email

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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70 Ratings

Jakeytoast2 ,

Wonderful and informative

I am trying to get help for my 13 yr old who has been vaping marijuana, huffing and sneaking alcohol. The show gave me several ideas on how to help and where to begin.

Burdell's Burden ,

Invaluable source of support

I have found the episodes so insightful and have really challenged my perspectives. It has helped me trust my instincts more and not my insecurities. Parenting with love and courage instead of fear.

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Episode 90

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