Can We Protect Our Children From Addiction?
Aug05

Can We Protect Our Children From Addiction?

This article was previously published at addiction.com under a different title. Ten years ago, my college-age daughter fell into addiction’s arms, taking our family on a ride through hell. At the time, it was unthinkable that a child of mine could become addicted to methamphetamine. I mean, that didn’t happen to “nice” people, right? To my way of thinking, addiction happened to other people — people who couldn’t control their lives or...

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Meth Addiction in the Family
Jul29

Meth Addiction in the Family

    Enjoyed the opportunity to tell my story on a recent radio interview with KTAR News in Phoenix. It was Pat McMahon’s, The God Show. I talk about Annie’s meth addiction, how I learned she was using meth, and how I learned to let go. If you’d like to listen in, click here for the...

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An Unexpected Gift for Mother’s Day
Jun11

An Unexpected Gift for Mother’s Day

(This article was first posted on addiction.com on Mother’s Day.) It was the first Mother’s Day since my daughter’s return home from treatment six months before. My son was away at college, so this would be a mother-daughter Mother’s Day, the first after many years apart. I was expectant and ready, with visions of adoration, breakfast in bed and a marching band coming through the house. It would finally be my turn. My turn to...

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The Miracle of Recovery
May18

The Miracle of Recovery

  (This blog was first posted on my blogspot at addiction.com)   This morning my friend Archie sent me a very special email, announcing that he and his wife, Liz, just signed papers for their first house. New-home ownership is a thrill for anyone, but especially so for Archie — such a scenario would’ve once been impossible for him. Archie used to be a street addict. He was also a career criminal, known to every police...

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Proof That Addiction Runs in Families?
Apr28

Proof That Addiction Runs in Families?

I received an email yesterday from a gentleman with the same last name. “I read your book,” Gary Stoefen told me. He also shared with me that he too had a daughter who’d suffered from addiction. Sadly, the outcome for their family was different than it was for ours. After three years of sustained recovery from substance use, young Lisa Stoefen relapsed on alcohol one night and crashed her car head-on into a retaining wall just two...

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Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned From Drug Addicts
Apr20

Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned From Drug Addicts

    This article was first published on my blogspot at addiction.com Twenty-five years ago a runaway NY Times bestseller took America by storm. Titled, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” author Robert Fulghum enchanted his readers with new insights on everyday living. He explored the profound wisdom of following the simple rules of living most of us are taught at an early age: Play fair Don’t hit people...

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