Mom Enough Live: Intergenerational Impacts of Addiction & Paths to Recovery

When children are exposed to parental substance, it can have lasting effects for them and for future generations. Lisa Sue Woititz and her mother, Janet Woititz, Ed.D., are the authors of several books, including Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family’s Cycle of Addictive Behaviors. Lisa joined Marti and Erin Erickson of Mom Enough to discuss intergenerational effects of addiction and paths to recovery. Watch now to hear her story and learn how families can navigate the challenges of addiction. You won’t want to miss this Mom Enough Live episode brought to you by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


Tune in to Mom Enough Live Episode 11 for a story of hope with co-host, Drs. Erin and Marti Erickson, and guest expert, Lisa Sue Woititz. Learn about her story and how she is working to help others break intergenerational cycles of addition.

Erin Erickson & Marti Erickson | On Our Minds | Intergenerational Impacts of Addiction

About the Hosts

Photo of Mom Enough Owner & Co-Host, Dr. Erin EricksonDr. Erin Erickson is a maternal child health specialist and nurse practitioner, dual-certified in women’s health and family practice. She has extensive experience speaking and writing on topics related to parenting, maternal-child health, and mindfulness. In addition to her graduate studies in nursing and public health, Erin has a Master of Arts in integrative health and wellbeing coaching and works as a health coach for parents and students (from high school through graduate school). As a wife and mom, Erin is living most of the issues addressed on Mom Enough.


Photo of Mom Enough Co-Founder & Co-Host, Dr. Marti EricksonDr. Marti Erickson served as the founding Director of the Children, Youth & Family Consortium and, more recently, as director of the Irving B. Harris Programs and co-chair of the U of M President’s Initiative on Children, Youth & Families. Marti specializes in linking research, practice and policy in the areas of parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention, and children’s mental health. Since retiring from the University in 2008, Marti continues to speak and consult extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on strategies for addressing the needs of young children and families in high-risk circumstances.




OPIOID ADDICTION: KEYS TO PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION FROM THE HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION. What can parents do to protect the children and adults in our family and community from the dangers of opioids? Ahmed Eid, Addiction Program Manager at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, brings answers that every parent should hear. He addresses safer options for managing pain, how to dispose of leftover opioids, signs of opioid addiction, and effective treatment options.


PARENTAL ADDICTION: IMPACT ON THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP & HOW TO HEAL TOGETHER. Parental addiction has significant effects on children and the parent-child relationship, but there is hope and healing is possible. Helene Photias, national director of operations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Children’s Program, and Paula Frisk, senior director of zero to five home visiting programs at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, join Marti & Erin to discuss keys to helping parents and children move toward healing, build more positive and secure relationships, and create the fun and joy that every child and parent deserves.


HOPE FOR FAMILIES FACING ADDICTION: EXPERT ADVICE FROM HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION. Kate Roselle, licensed clinical counselor and national outreach manager for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s adolescent and young adult continuum of care, joins Mom Enough for a compelling discussion on families facing addiction. She shares tips for effecting change if a loved one is struggling, discusses clinical resources for families, and explores the factors that are associated with the greatest hope of successful treatment and recovery. Roselle says, “The opposite of addiction is connection,” and that informs the work of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


WOMEN, ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH: INFORMATION AND PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FROM HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION. Dr. Sarah Wicks joins Marti & Erin to discuss unique challenges faced by women dealing with addiction and, more broadly, how to approach a loved one (male or female) you believe has a substance use problem.


Photo of Mom Enough Co-Hosts, Dr. Erin Erickson & Dr. Marti EricksonDr. Erin Erickson & Dr. Marti Erickson are here to support you on your parenting journey. Mom Enough® shares evidence-based information for parents and people who care for children and families. If there is a topic that you want us to address, send us a note and we will do our best to get you the information you need. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up-to-date with our latest podcasts and articles.



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