Addiction and substance use disorders are one of the only diseases that convince the person afflicted that they do not have it.

How do you deal with one of the most crazy-making hallmarks of the disease?

It is not uncommon for a loved one abusing drugs or alcohol to hold the entire family hostage in a never-ending cycle of denial.

I’ve been there and I know all too well how denial can tear families apart.

And denial can even show up in family members, too.

So how do you even know which way is up?

Denial shields us from situations we’re not emotionally prepared to handle.

But it also keeps the whole family stuck in cycles of hurt, confusion, and frustration.


Denial is a coping mechanism. It serves a protective purpose.

AND, it keeps our loved one’s stuck in destructive cycles that are painful and traumatic for everyone involved. 


How do you even do this, you wonder? 

Don’t worry. I have a plan. 

Coming October 2023

5 Ways to Address
a Loved One’s Denial

There are no easy solutions, but this workshop will offer you 5 steps to address a loved one’s denial.

It’s the next step to continue your journey and reclaim your life from the chaos.


But you are not without resources to address it.

this workshop will cover:

What denial actually is

Two factors that complicate denial of substance use in families

The 5 steps families can take to address denial

Special considerations when determining how to address denial

Methods to get clear on your own reactions that may need to shift

Suggestions for dealing with consequences of the use that affect you and the family

Coaching exercises to determine personalized approaches to addressing denial

Resources on substance use and denial

All with an online support community to keep the conversation going with both Madeleine and other workshop participants

Coming October 2023

Following these recommendations is one more step to  reclaim your life  from the chaos of substance use challenges.

Coming October 2023

Madeleine is just amazing with family members. She is loving, kind and willing to be raw and vulnerable in her work. She clearly gets it. And she has this magical ability to shift seamlessly from knowledgeable facilitator to compassionate friend who is walking the same journey in the trenches of this horrible disease. I wish that I, and my family, had met her when I was still drinking.

Mike Holliday
Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, Certified Life Recovery Coach

That was really informative. I so appreciated your vulnerability in sharing your story, too.


Your presentation really hit close to home today. I really appreciate everything you shared, your understanding and your support.


Thanks for your vulnerability and rawness. It ratifies your advice and makes it super impactful.


Addiction is not a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play.

~Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

Coming October 2023

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