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The Yellow Brick Road

A Member Shares on Recovery: “The Yellow Brick Road” “We are both on a path, the addict and I. When I think of this path, I often remember the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz. Has anyone ever … Continue reading

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“IT NEVER STOPS HURTING” 

My reflection: My prayer is simple: may this entry bring comfort to another mom or dad, brother or sister. Today’s Promise to consider: We must join our voices into the resounding chorus that clamors for help for our addicted loved … Continue reading

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HONESTY IS IMPERATIVE

This is part of a series of monthly posts that reference many conversations with Dr. MacAfee. Thanks, Doc. A client and friend of Dr. MacAfee, the mother of a recovering addict wrote to me: One of the most important lessons … Continue reading

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Suffering Is Optional

  From Hope for Today, January 30: “The alcoholic was obsessed with alcohol, and I was obsessed with the alcoholic. I watched, monitored, controlled, and exercised my need to feel hurt. I felt self-pity, embarrassment, superiority, resentment, and anger. All … Continue reading

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“I COULDN’T HELP HIM BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE”

A mother wrote to me: My son died of a heroin overdose. I need to start to forgive myself for all the mistakes I made. I try to understand why he couldn’t just stop what he was doing to himself. … Continue reading

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From Darkness Into Light

A mother wrote me recently: “Your memoir has released me from my shame.. Reading your recovery story has shown me how, in spite of everything bad that’s happening now, I can get on with my life and learn to be … Continue reading

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Lighten Up! Do We Still Know How To Laugh?

From Courage to Change, March 13: “I’m apt to think of Step Seven—‘Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings’–as a step I take tearfully and on my knees. I’ve had that experience, but I want to entertain the possibility that … Continue reading

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The Journey

How much have we lost in this madness of helping our loved ones? Distant memories of old friendships, good jobs we enjoyed, family members who didn’t understand how we could keep loving, and relationships broken beyond repair. Most of all many of us … Continue reading

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No More Shame, No More Silence

    Misconceptions about addiction are so pervasive it’s no wonder that those struggling with addiction — and their families — suffer in silence, solitude, and shame. Even though our society encourages substance abuse at every turn, when someone becomes … Continue reading

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I’m The Mom of an Addict…

    “I’m the mom of an addict, and I’m not ashamed to say that anymore. There’s a time when I was…..” My interview with the ASK documentary team about love, learning, and letting go: Please watch and share this … Continue reading

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