Hope for Addiction
Aug26

Hope for Addiction

I’m part of a community of moms who support one another. Maybe you are too. There are so many different kinds of support groups for moms. We have play groups for our toddlers, girl’s night out, cooking groups, hiking and book clubs, gym buddies, diet clubs and Bible studies. Over the years I’ve been in many of these groups, including several support groups for the mothers of drug addicts. Unfortunately  waaayyyy too many moms are a...

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8 Things Parents Can Do To Help Keep Their Kids Off Drugs
Aug05

8 Things Parents Can Do To Help Keep Their Kids Off Drugs

When raising my son and daughter, Annie and Jeff, I never thought about, or worried about addiction. I mean, addiction is something that happens to other people, right? People who can’t control their choices or their lives. Addiction was something I equated with old men and bored housewives, not teenagers. The kinds of things I worried about as a mom were alcohol and driving, alcohol and sex, alcohol and swimming, alcohol and overall...

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Meth in the Family
Jul31

Meth in the Family

                A great way to start the day. I had the wonderful opportunity this morning to share my story of hope. Local radio host, Lori Raab, interviewed me… and she asked great questions about meth, addiction, and enabling. We also talked about the marijuana measure that will be on Oregon’s ballot this fall. Please listen if you have a few minutes. Since the size of the...

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Heroin is HERE
Aug20

Heroin is HERE

I caught a glimpse of Lea Michelle on the news the other night when she dedicated her Teen Choice award to Cory Monteith. It made me realize I still grieve for a young man I’ve never even met. The sickening sadness remains that I’ve felt so many times before, when I know another mother grieves, another father has lost his son. A glamorous girlfriend and talented friends are undoubtedly still wondering why they weren’t enough to...

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Marijuana Dispensaries…bad news for Oregon
Jul18

Marijuana Dispensaries…bad news for Oregon

I was asked by a leading Oregon prevention activist to write an op-ed piece about marijuana dispensaries.  Since the timing corresponded with my mid-week blog post, I’ll share it here. Please let me know your thoughts on this subject. ~~~~~~ The Oregon State Legislature recently passed HB3460, a bill that now sits on Governor Kitzhaber’s desk. If signed, Oregon moves one step closer to the legalization of marijuana. Didn’t we...

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