What inspired me to write “Secret No More”

What inspired me to write “Secret No More”

When addiction first crept into our household 11 years ago, I started keeping a journal. Retreating to clean white paper became my refuge. The blank pages stared back, non-judgmental and welcoming. On their unvarnished surface I poured out my anguish, fear, confusion and shame. It was the only place – until many years later – …

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It’s okay to feel joy

It’s okay to feel joy

“Weeping may tarry for the night But joy cometh in the morning.”   For a parent living with a son or daughter on drugs, it is impossible to feel joy. For years, I didn’t – or couldn’t.  When I tried to feel happy, thoughts of my son’s drug use erased all joy. Days were devoted …

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Can I drink around my son?

Can I drink around my son?

Often I am asked if I drink around my son. It’s a question that comes up frequently in support groups trying to help those with an addiction to alcohol. Professionals typically suggest cleaning out the house when a loved one comes home from rehab, or at least locking up any alcohol. But that doesn’t answer …

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