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The Things Moms of Addicts Do For Love

I heard an old song the other day, “The Things We Do For Love.” I got to thinking about the things mothers of addicts do “for love.”We lie. Yes, not just the addicts, we lie too. We lie to ourselves about how bad things are,...

We Look Like You

It happened again; the same comment I had heard before. The look that did not need words to convey the message:“I can’t believe you would have a daughter who’s a drug addict.”When I told a friend about this, she asked sarcastically what a parent of...

Stop allowing your Codependent Enabler Beast to run the show

Codependent Enabler Beast

Drug and alcohol addiction is devastating, not just for the addict, but also for their families and loved ones. The toughest thing is to accept that we are powerless to save our addicts from themselves. While we continue to love them, to have hope, and...

Let go of shame, guilt and stigma

Shame, Guilt & Stigma

In anticipation of Jordan choosing rehab, I made some phone calls. I called a local well-known facility that we could not afford. Most rehabs have sliding scales, so I inquired as to a rate for their program for someone without financial means, and was told...

Keep Your Social Media Microscope in Focus

Keep Your Social Media Microscope in Focus

From the Award-Winning Book, "Still Standing After All the Tears."When all hell breaks loose, it’s natural for your perspective to get out of focus. During your darkest days, it will appear everyone but you has what you don’t have.Social media has allowed us to connect...