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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Podcast: Addiction in “A Very Fine House”
Jan29

Podcast: Addiction in “A Very Fine House”

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dave Cooke at 100 Pedals. This is a nonprofit organization providing educational support and resources for parents and families with loved ones in the throes of addiction. Dave is also author of Behind the Dumpster, a memoir about his journey through his son’s heroin addiction. Dave and I talked about my book, A Very Fine House, and we had an important conversation about some...

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Empty Seat At The Table
Dec18

Empty Seat At The Table

For most of us, the Holidays are steeped in warmth and tradition, and are spent sharing meals and exchanging gifts with family and friends. Yet for those of us who love a child in the throes of addiction, this time of year is often a source of pain. We grieve the child, or children who won’t be at our Hanukkah or Christmas celebrations… yet we also carry the fear that they, uh, might. What are we to do? Do we owe our addicted loved...

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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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Recovering From Meth Addiction, Annie Answers the Burning Questions
Sep30

Recovering From Meth Addiction, Annie Answers the Burning Questions

I sat down with my daughter recently, and asked her some of the burning questions about addiction that we all want answers to. Annie is now thirty-one and eight years in recovery. Not a drink or a drug in all that time.

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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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