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Families and Addiction with Kevin Petersen, LMFT

Joining me on this episode is my guest Kevin Petersen. Kevin graduated with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University, and he spent three and a half years working at Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network as an in-home therapist, case manager, crisis evaluator and outpatient therapist for Child and Family Services. Kevin has also worked part-time for The Bridge House, ADMHN's Acute Treatment Unit, as a Mental Health Technician and Counselor.

In 2014, Kevin opened his private practice, Petersen Family Counseling and has since published two books: Chronic Hope: Parenting the Addicted Child and Chronic Hope: Families & Addiction, which share an integrated, holistic approach to healing families in crisis due to addiction and codependency.

Kevin established The Chronic Hope Institute in 2020 with a mission to increase education on addiction and its impact on the family system

On this episode:

  • Kevin shares his personal journey with addiction and how it led to his work with families and addiction
  • What it looks like for a family to address their own wound
  • The importance of the family unit addressing addiction and what it looks like
  • How the family can help
  • First steps that families can take if someone is struggling with addiction

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Robyn Tamanaha

In addition to being the creator and host, Robyn Tamanaha is also a licensed therapist. She uses her knowledge and experience in mental health and mental illness to increase the discussion and dialogue about these topics on media platforms.