+ Blog with News & Updates about Recovery & BALM
  • BALM 7 Steps Online Retreat

    January 24, 2023

    The Quiet Path of Growth

    One of the things that people report as they grow in their …

  • January 24, 2023

    Can BALM conversations have an impact? BALM families who attended last year's retreat share their experiences on this session’s video. Here are some things about BALM conversations and the BALM in general that can be good to know:
  • January 22, 2023

    What does it mean to be a “BALMer”? And why is it so important to your loved one’s recovery? In the BALM, we talk about being your loved one’s BEST chance at recovery. We say that regardless of the outcome of their recovery journey, if you practice the 12 BALM family recovery principles and walk the 7 Steps to Be A Loving Mirror, you are a BALMer, and you, the family member, will become their BEST chance at recovery.
  • January 20, 2023

    What does the third BALM principle have to do with your emotions? When we explore the third BALM principle, "It is important to Let Go without Giving Up or Giving In", let’s look at inner emotional energy. As we have discussed before, at any moment, a family member is either contributing to the substance use disorder (SUD) or to the recovery. Contributing to the SUD includes behaviors such as enabling, staying in denial, and treating the loved one with disrespect and even contempt.