Author Archives: Marybeth Cichocki
Double Edge Sword.
Addiction is a disease like none other. A double edge sword. It tears families apart. It bonds strangers forever. I never wanted to play this role in life. I was happy being a NICU nurse. Helping families cope with … Continue reading
From Substandard to Comprehensive,Changing the Way We Treat Addiction
by Marybeth Cichocki How do we change addiction treatment from being substandard to being effective at saving lives? First, the stigma must die. Second, those suffering from the disease, the addiction professionals, the insurance industry and society must rethink the … Continue reading
Acknowledge the Elephant
Thank you Marybeth Cichocki for joining the Magnolia New Beginnings blog! We look forward to seeing your posts! After losing my son, Matt last January I feel like I’ve inherited the elephant. You know the one I’m talking about. The … Continue reading
Reflections From A Warrior Mom
Reflecting on why I’m on this train heading to DC instead of spending a lazy Saturday morning at home. Thinking about the past 20 months and 14 days and this life altering journey I’ve begun. Remembering my son, Matt and … Continue reading
Surviving Mothers Day One Breath At A Time
Mothers Day. Those two words, once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. Family gathered together to celebrate motherhood. Three generations laughing and loving. Sharing the memories of childhood, teen years that became adult years that changed … Continue reading
Addiction Hits Home: Changing Hearts, Changing Minds.
.Every day in every state across this country a mother loses her child to the disease of addiction. The statistics are shocking. Death by opioid addiction kills more people than gun violence, yet no one is rioting or staging protests … Continue reading
The Price of Addiction: So Much More Than Dollars and Cents..
In every conversation I’ve ever had regarding the disease of addiction somehow the topic always found its way back to the cost. We’ve all heard the horror stories of how pricy these resort style rehabs are. I can only imagine … Continue reading
Opioid Addiction: A Man Made Epidemic
During my sons active addiction I never gave any thought to where his pills were coming from beyond the pill mill doctors he visited once a month. I was too busy trying to save him from the addiction that would … Continue reading
Double Standard Stigma
Please welcome MaryBeth Cichocki to our blog and visit her at http://mothersheartbreak.com/ As the mother of an addict who overdosed, I’m always saddened by some peoples reaction when I tell my son’s story. Well, he was an addict they say. He … Continue reading