Dispel the Darkness of Addiction
Aug31

Dispel the Darkness of Addiction

Cultures around the world have been lighting candles for millennia in order to bless, celebrate or remember a person, place or event. We light candles in cathedrals and temples, in neighborhood churches and synagogues, during Christmas Advent and the eight days of Hanukkah. Candles are used to celebrate new life… as well as the passing of a life. We have birthday cake candles, candlelight dinners, candle lit vigils and processionals,...

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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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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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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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6 Ways to Care for Yourself When Your Child is an Addict
May15

6 Ways to Care for Yourself When Your Child is an Addict

A child in the throes of addiction is one of the most painful journeys a parent can take. We grieve and we hate, thrash and obsess. We try to fix, control, and manipulate that which cannot be fixed, controlled or manipulated. We are a mess. Caring friends may ask us, “What are you doing to take care of yourself?” This makes us angry because we’re not concerned about ourselves. We’re worried about our kid and we need to do something...

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