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When it’s about time

When it’s about time

The sudden quiet in their voices catches my ear. The group has been chattering for about an hour.  My husband and I are sharing sushi with our son and his friends at a favorite Thai restaurant.  The talk is mostly about food, weekend plans and the next retreat. Then, their voices drop.  I hear, so …

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Where hope is restored

Where hope is restored

Each January my husband and I visit our son in South Florida.   Frequently he invites us to attend open AA meetings.  It’s a glimpse into a world few who are not addicts or alcoholics get to see, or perhaps even want to see. For me AA meetings are intensely interesting.  In South Florida they are …

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When a child dies from overdose

When a child dies from overdose

Note: Today in Florida my son attends two funerals, both for young men. This post is for survivors.   Recently, two mothers who each lost a son to overdose invited me to lunch – just to sit and talk.  We sat overlooking a sunny harbor where boats breezed by. Their sons had died within weeks …

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Please, send me the roadmap

Please, send me the roadmap

A mother from Texas writes “our family is still struggling a lot.  It seems like the wall that our son is putting around him is getting taller every day.  It’s heartbreaking to watch him alienate us when he needs our help the most.” She longs for a “roadmap” to help her family decide when to …

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Angry Moms

Angry Moms

If you don’t know one yet, you will These are the mothers whose sons’ and daughters’ obituaries you read in the local newspaper. Joe could light up a room just by his smile.  He loved hiking and fishing.  He leaves behind his parents, grandparents, girlfriend Jill and his loving dog Bo. There will be a …

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A Peak into “Dreamland”

A Peak into “Dreamland”

  “Naloxone isn’t the antidote for heroin.   Community is.” Recently,  Sam Quinones, journalist and author of “Dreamland,” addressed the Maryland Patient Safety Center conference regarding the opioid scourge in America.  His talk was so profound that it’s worth sharing a few highlights.  (Note:  all quotes are his.) A 1979 brief letter to the Journal of American …

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Worth saving

Worth saving

Recently, a mom from Florida emailed about her adult son.  Not only is he actively using, but his addiction is further complicated with several mental health diagnoses.  This mom writes: I have attended three Nar-Anon meetings but have been unable to embrace the 12 step program. These meetings have left me feeling more hopeless than …

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Where hope rises

Where hope rises

At 7:40 the room begins to fill.  By 10 of eight thick sets of keys and worn paperbacks save empty seats.  By 8 p.m. it’s standing room only. My husband and I are attending an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in southern Miami.  We’re in the large, dimly-lit social hall of a Lutheran church not …

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WRNR Interview, “LifeLines: A Bridge to Recovery”

WRNR Interview, “LifeLines: A Bridge to Recovery”

With LifeLines: A Bridge to Recovery, WRNR is putting the spotlight on the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our community. In this inaugural episode, host Rob Timm is joined in studio by Barry Meisenberg MD of Anne Arundel Medical Center; Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams; Angel Traynor, Executive Director of Serenity Sistas Recovery …

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