Family can be heartache
Family can be your deepest heartach

Family can be your deepest heartache because it’s not supposed to be that way. We just got a note from a reader who said his sister was telling lies about him and wanted to know how to make it stop. It’s called triangulation because you have no recourse to fix the lies. Sound familiar? Well, the problem is, you can’t make it stop. Adult siblings can continue to cause the same kinds of trouble your whole life. The more you fight for truth, reality ,and fairness the angrier you family can get at you for not keeping the peace. Triangulation is very painful and impossible to stop if it’s a family habit.

family is your deepest heartache when unrequited family love is present
Sometimes your family can hurt you

Family can be your deepest heartache when you’re not equally loved

Parents often say they love their children equally, but not all children are treated with the same tenderness and care. In families where this is substance or alcohol use disorder, often one child can be the scapegoat and receive the brunt of chaotic aggression and abuse. And then there’s the unloved daughter syndrome, which is a whole other story.

family is your deepest heartache when you're the family scapegoat
The family scapegoat gets blamed for all the problems

100 Tips For Growing Up is a great resource with practical tips for moving on.

100 tips for growing up helps recovery from family heartache
The easy tips you need for the life you want

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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