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How to Tell If Your Child Has a Drug or Alcohol Problem

By Joanna Conti on Sep 22, 2015 in Helping Your Child Recover

If you’re worried that your child may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, there’s a good chance your suspicions are correct.  While there are undoubtedly parents who worry unnecessarily, far more parents are clueless about how much and how often their kids are getting drunk or high.

Finding the Route to Recovery

By Nancy Clifford on Sep 04, 2015 in Families in Recovery

As parents of addicts, we each have our own “catastrophe” story. Whether we meet in support groups or battle alone, we become “initiated” into a club we never wished to join, as parents of sons and daughters with a potentially deadly, progressive brain disease.

A Letter To My Children

By Christine Suhan on Sep 02, 2015 in Stories from Parents

The genetic odds are not in your favor. You undoubtedly have the propensity to become addicted. But hear this, my sweet child. There is another way. And you don’t have to walk through hell to find it.

Want to Support Your Child's Recovery? Stop Rescuing!

By Nancy Clifford on Aug 22, 2015 in Families in Recovery

When parents finally “come in off the street” to get help with the serious substance abuse of their addicted child, in many ways we closely resemble our down-and-out addict with our worn, drawn faces, vacant stares, and slumped shoulders.

Should I Say Something About Their Drinking?

By Laura McKowen on Aug 18, 2015 in Helping Your Child Recover

"I have worried about an extended family member's drinking for many years.  This family member is functional but drinks far more than is healthy.  This person is also very defensive (in general) and I do not think they would be open to hearing concern from me or anyone else... Should we wait until this person reaches out to us?  Do people now ever say to you how worried they were, and you wonder, "well, why the heck didn't you say something?!"

The Terror of Discovering Your Child Has an Addiction

By Joanna Conti on Jun 26, 2015 in Stories from Parents

“We’re airlifting your daughter to shock trauma”, said the paramedic on the phone.  “Is she going to be OK?” I asked, barely able to speak.  “There’s a lot of blood” was the response and the line went dead.

Finding Calm Amidst the Rough Waters of Your Child's Addiction

By Nancy Clifford on Jun 15, 2015 in Families in Recovery

My relationships are the most valuable things in my life.  But when our third child, a son, found himself in the throes of active addiction, my dream of an intact, united family flew out the window.

A Mother's Story of Faith, Love & Crystal Meth

By Barbara Stoefen on Sep 26, 2014 in Stories from Parents

Ours was the family to which this could never happen. When my beloved daughter, Annie, became addicted to alcohol, marijuana, and then ultimately lived on the streets of our community as a meth addict, I realized that if addiction could happen to her, then addiction could happen to absolutely anyone. And it of course does.