Recovery Today Magazine – article
Apr15

Recovery Today Magazine – article

I’m thrilled to have an article published today in the April issue of Recovery Today Magazine. You can click here to download a free copy of the entire digital version of the magazine, or read the article below. A Very Fine House I often tell people ours was the family to which this could never happen. Meth addiction? No way. That couldn’t happen in our family. Meth was something that happened to other people. It was “over...

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Let’s Talk About Addiction
Mar18

Let’s Talk About Addiction

This article was first published on my new blog spot at addiction.com I’m the mother of a drug addict. I can’t tell how long it took me to say those words. I’m grateful beyond description that Annie has now achieved sustained recovery, but when in active addiction, the word “addict” didn’t really roll off the tongue very well. The first time I referred to my daughter and the word “addict” in the same sentence, I felt as if I’d entered...

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Jail… the Ultimate Time Out for Addiction
Feb20

Jail… the Ultimate Time Out for Addiction

  “Mom! You’ve got to get me out of here!” I remember my daughter saying exactly this the very first time she was booked into our county jail. Heartsick that her meth addiction had come to this, I wrestled with what to do. I wanted to fix things for Annie, and help right her wrongs. Isn’t that what parents are supposed to do? News that her child is in jail is probably the second-to-most dreaded phone call a mom can receive. Until...

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National #DrugFacts Week
Jan25

National #DrugFacts Week

This next week is National #DrugFacts Week. Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), this is a movement to raise awareness about drugs of abuse.

And you’re in for some surprises.

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Drug Court – Rehabilitation Not Incarceration
Dec04

Drug Court – Rehabilitation Not Incarceration

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at our local Family Drug Court Graduation ceremony. With a demanding speaking schedule earlier in the day, I arrived at the Deschutes County Courthouse frazzled and anxious. But as the gallery filled with the friends and families of the graduates, some of whom I knew, my anxiety yielded to gratitude. A warm rush of emotion swept over me. “How am I going to do this?” I pleaded to Vicki, a...

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Legalize marijuana in Oregon? Don’t Jump!
Oct18

Legalize marijuana in Oregon? Don’t Jump!

My beautiful Oregon is now at the jumping off point and facing the abyss of one of the greatest social experiments of the past century. Voters will soon decide the fate of Measure 91 and whether or not marijuana, currently a controlled substance, can join the ranks of legalized free enterprise. Worry pounds in my head and the reverberation screams, don’t jump! There is so much myth flying around about what marijuana is, and what it is...

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