You’re stubbornly optimistic and very much a helper who has been managing incomprehensible stress levels.
But you have felt like an injured, lost person without a road map.
It’s time to gain the GPS system for navigating this baffling disease of addiction. Even internalizing the fact that addiction is a no-fault disease is a huge hurdle to overcome.
That’s where I come in.
As a person in long-term recovery, a Certified Life Coach, and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor for decades at Hazelden Betty Ford, I am uniquely qualified to assist with gaining a deeper understanding of addiction and building family recovery.
I have the passion and skills to work in a co-creative relationship with you to help develop healthier strategies to cope on a day to day basis when you love an addict.
I created Embrace Family Recovery to help family members like you feel empowered and discover ways to stop letting addiction hijack your life.
Here is how we will do it:
Separate Yourself from the Addiction
Build Your Community of Support
Role Model Your Own Recovery
I want to hear your victories and struggles. Let’s talk soon.
First, please share a bit about yourself and your family in the quick questionnaire below.
I’ll be in touch to schedule a complimentary 45-minute Discovery Call so I can learn more about exactly what you want and how I can help you get there.
Margaret Swift Thompson
Family Addiction Specialist
"My partner and I started using Embrace Family Recovery when I was at wit's end in a relationship with an addict. I wanted to salvage the romance and was referred to Margaret for family addiction coaching. She immediately helped us to see common sense solutions to our stressful dynamic, including taking a look at our expectations and to see our own part in behaviors. The path was not easy for us and she was up to task. Her experience, both professional and personal, provided for us a level of knowledge and skillset we needed in a recovery coach. We were able to trust her and any suggestions she made because of her demeanor, transparency and the alliance that we had created. We looked forward to our visits with her and the take-aways that we could use in keeping our bond solid. I strongly recommend her services for families or couples who are navigating the sometimes volatile world of addiction, sober or not. "
"Margaret has been a true gift for our healing as parents! Before we contacted Margaret, we had no idea about the healing that we needed for ourselves which in turn helps our son in his recovery. Her knowledge, compassion, and coaching skills in dealing with families that need help is the medicine that has been a critical piece to recovery for our family. Taking care of ourselves, living our life with family and friends and actually enjoying that time is healthy.
In our first session we started the process of learning about the disease of addiction and how to separate it from our son that we love. We have complete trust in sharing our roller coaster of emotions with Margaret. She is gentle and offers coping skills for us. She helps us see situations from different perspectives and has advice for how to navigate these complicated issues. Margaret treats her clients with respect. Each time we complete a session with her, we feel stronger with the knowledge we have gained.
If anyone that has a loved one dealing with addiction and is searching for help and guidance, we would highly recommend Margaret. We feel there is not a better professional in this field that can help the way that Margaret can and does!"
"One of the life altering treasures I received from working with [Margaret] on an individual level was the suggestion to attend Al Anon meetings. I have been sober and working a program of recovery for 18 years in AA and dabbled in Al Anon. However, I never took it seriously. Margaret has helped guide me to this program of understanding and compassion. Due to Margaret's services and treatment planning, I am able to interact with the addicts in my life, who I love, in a much different manner than I had been. I must say that I feel a bit freer when it comes to navigating relationships with family, friends and romantic partners, especially my relationship with myself. A new world has been opened for me, seriously, and "peace of heart" is being experienced on a daily basis."
"I made the decision to invest in me and it has turned out to be one of the best choices I’ve ever made. When I reached out to Margaret, I took a risk because I’m a person who struggles with trusting others because of my childhood scars. As a wife, mom, and a friend who believes she’s got it all together it was a big step for me to ask for help. However, this step has taken me to another level of personal growth and healing. Margaret was the absolute right choice! She has greatly assisted me with important strategies, tools, and a greater awareness on how to respond in situations that trigger childhood memories and deep wounds that I thought were either healed or I didn’t know I had. I am amazed in the transformation of my thinking and beyond grateful that I found Margaret."