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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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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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My Glass Is Half Full

  From Hope For Today, January 23: “One of the gifts I have received from Al-Anon is learning how to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Before the program I didn’t really understand the true nature of gratitude. I thought it … Continue reading

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Denial and Addiction- Libby Cataldi

DENIAL AND ADDICTION by Libby Cataldi A mother writes: Our daughter, both strikingly beautiful and musically gifted, signed a recording contract with an International music company at the age of fifteen. I traveled with her extensively and never had an … Continue reading

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☼ Dear Joey: A Love Letter To My Son The Addict

Dear Joey, I miss you. I ache for you to fill your place in my life. Will I ever again feel your hug? Hear your laugh? See you proud? I don’t want you to be an addict. I don’t want … Continue reading

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Resistance Training

From In All Our Affairs, Making Crises Work For You, Surrender: “’Let go and Let God.’ It sounds so simple. But when our circumstances or the circumstances of those we love weigh heavily on our minds, we may have no idea … Continue reading

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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

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SOMETIMES EVEN DEATH ISN’T A DETERRENT

  A recovering addict told me: Dying didn’t matter. I couldn’t have been any worse off than I was, but I definitely didn’t fear death. If you die, that’s sort of a blessing. I was raised Catholic, but suicide didn’t … Continue reading

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I CAN REMEMBER

    An excerpt from S.O.B.E.R.* written by a mother and son An acronym for Son Of a Bitch Everything’s Real Anita When we arrived at the family treatment program, I finally started to understand and believe that addiction is … Continue reading

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To Be The Mom Of An Addict

Addiction is a disease, but not even the professionals have it all figured out yet — and they aren’t trying to figure it out while in a blind panic, running through the fires of hell with fears and dreams and maternal instincts tripping them up. Continue reading

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