Dyann escaped domestic violence but had nowhere to go

Posted by Barbara Comito Apr 4, 2018 12:45:26 PM

Dyann was married to a man who abused her for five years. He hit her. He pushed her down stairs. At one point, she ended up in the emergency room with 26 staples in her head. From there, the police took her to a safe house, but after her stay ended, she wasn’t sure what to do.

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The Cycle of "Love"

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Apr 8, 2015 2:55:00 PM

This post is the first in a 2-part series on relationship addiction by UGM LIFE Recovery Counselor Yvonne Wilhelm.

How would you define relationship addiction?

 A pattern of unhealthy choices to begin or stay in unhealthy relationships, usually romantic ones. Some clinicians call it “love addiction.”  

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The Reason Why

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Mar 13, 2015 4:58:00 PM

In all honesty, it is easy to judge addicts. But there are stories behind each face. And once these stories are heard, it becomes harder to judge.

This is the story of a woman who was in a long-term relationship with an addict. The writer will remain anonymous but explains, "I feel it paints a good picture of why many women choose to get involved with addicted men or prostitution or drug use. It’s about abuse. It’s the damage that is caused from a very young age." Names have been changed. 

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Addicted to Men

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 26, 2014 3:24:00 PM

Amanda’s struggle to overcome relationship addiction

Editor’s Note: We interviewed Amanda, 23, one year ago when she lived at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women & Children with her then 3-year-old daughter, Daisy, and again shortly after she started Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall. Amanda is now in phase 3 of the recovery program and digging deep into the issues that led to her addiction and homelessness. We spoke with her recently about what she’s learning and what life is like in a residential recovery program. Amanda is very articulate, and for the most part, we’re just going to let her speak for herself.

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White-Water Rafting as Part of Recovery

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 6, 2014 12:34:00 PM

An Immersion in Trust

By Darlene Willis, a resident at the UGM Center for Women & Children in Coeur d'Alene

Last Friday morning, the weather was warm and the sky filled with playful clouds as we – the women of the UGM Center in Coeur d’Alene – set out on our first Summer 2014 adventure.

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