Prayer Requests

Annie at Notre Dame

Annie inside Notre Dame cathedral… “a prayer for those who still suffer.”

 

 

 

 

If you would like prayer for your loved one, please share a post below. I invite all who are interested to visit this list regularly, and to join me in prayer over these lives.

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Addiction’s time has come. It is my hope and prayer that God will heal and restore the many individuals, and families, that have been devastated by this merciless disease. We pray for the many millions of people in active addiction, and for the sustained recovery of those who have found their way out. We also honor the lives lost to addiction… and for peace for all who love them.

“… thy will be done… “ — Jesus

 

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” — Mother Teresa

 

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” — Abraham Lincoln

 

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” — Mahatma Gandhi

 

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”– Rick Warren

 

“Help. Thanks. Wow.”– Anne Lamott 

115 Comments

  1. Pray for the deliverance of my Son George from cocaine addiction. He is 34 yrs. old and been on drugs for four years now. He owned up and we took him to rehab. He says he struggles with his relationship with god. He knows God is love but he doesn’t feel that connection. So please pray that he experience God in a more personal way while in rehab. That he may find himself and believe in himself. My Son played with his studies and failed ta the University. His 3 siblings are doing well with two University degrees each. He got a job as a salesman and felt trapped because his siblings are doing well and travelling abroad every now and again. He felt he is a failure Instead of doing something about his life – he opted for drugs. he always look for easier way out of life and that’s why he was not serious with life. Pray for totally deliverance and that god arrest his spirit and also fill him with the Holy Sprit. He is saved but he struggles n his walk with god. I want you to pray that he find direction while he is in rehab. Please keep our names confidential. Pray for us as a family we are now quarrelling on how to del with the problem. We though if he is in rehab we will be at peace but we are fighting all the time. Today my youngest daughter didn’t go to work because of thinking about her brother’s issue. We are all affected. thank you in advance and God bless you all for standing in the gap for us.

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  2. Dear God please help me to crushed all my poverty and debt curse,all my bad luck or spirit curse, i believe that and prayers can move mountains and create real change in my life in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen

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  3. Hi Barbara, Just finished reading your book “Very Fine House” on my Kindle. You have really touched my heart and boosted my faith with your story. My daughter is an addict at 16. This disease has ripped this family apart. Thankfully, my daughter is in a residential treatment center and talks like she wants recovery. She still has a lot of the disease in her though and I am still on pins and needles even though she is currently in a safe place. I do go to Alanon. Thank you for sharing your story and your faith.

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    • Thank you so much for your post, Kathy. So happy to hear your daughter is safe and in treatment. Praying for her health and sustained recovery!

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  4. Prayers for Meg and her family for their painful loss of Joseph. Wishing you peace as you grieve and say your goodbyes.

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    • Meg. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will pray that you can be strong during this time and God is with you. Much love ( Pam- a mother of an addicted daughter. )

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  5. Prayers for Sammy who is in treatment.

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    • Sammy has entered her 60-Day ! So proud of her. Thank you for your prayers and wishes. It’s continually helping . Much love.

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      • 60-days is awesome!

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  6. Hi Barbara, I bought your book yesterday and read it. Amazed at so many things similar with your Annie and my Mandi.
    I knew something was wrong and begged my daughter to get help, she was depressed wouldn’t take meds or go to doctor for more meds. Actually she has done nothing to help herself, I kept trying to get her to do so. Very long story with a lot of pain, she turned on me, the hateful person she became with me and then telling everyone she hated me…
    There is no need to just go on and on, it is the monster Meth that has her controlled although she says “I don’t use like everyone else” “I don’t have a problem.’
    She has a daughter that we have taken away from her, not on paper just physically as we know she is not what is right for her baby now and may not be for a long time. That was not easy to do but my granddaughter is just a baby and someone has to protect her.
    We don’t have the financial ability to send her to a good rehab if she ever decided she wants help. Most here are out patient which would not be very good I don’t think.
    She has no job and is not making payments on the car her dad cosigned for her so we are most likely going to have to take that back – we know she is “homeless” and once we take the car we know she will have nothing.
    This consumes my life, day and night, I cry all the time and really am trying to let it go to God but obviously I haven’t given it over to Him or I would not be consumed with it.
    My biggest fear is one day someone will knock on my door and tell me she is dead or maybe even a bigger fear is this Meth life is hers forever.
    I know she has been using Meth since Oct 2015 and most likely before. Her behavior and hatred of me have been going on much long that that.
    Honestly I have been searching and searching praying and praying and am at a complete loss.
    Have no idea what seed to try to plant when I do message her, I try to message daily just to say we her family love her.
    The other hard part is when she wants to come see her daughter. DO we continue to let her see her or do we say NO MORE until she is getting help?
    SO many things with no answers.
    Thank you again for your book and this site for me to spill my pain.

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    • Oh Alma. I am so very sorry for your heartbreak. I will of course pray for you, and for Mandi and her baby. Being the mother an adult child addicted to meth is a daily journey on a tough road. PLEASE get some support for yourself. Check out Al-Anon, or any other support groups that might be available in your community. The guidance of a counselor might be best to help you answer some of the questions about your granddaughter, and whether you should allow your daughter visitation. Learning where to draw boundaries can be tricky. I think the best message to keep giving your daughter is that you love her, and you’re there to help her whenever she decides to step back into her life. Try to love without anger and without judgment. While inpatient treatment is a great way to initiate recovery, lots of people do well with outpatient treatment… or even 90-in-90. That is, attending a meeting of Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous every day for 90 days. (The best person to help someone with substance use disorder is someone else who’s been there.) You can’t MAKE your daughter do anything, but you can love her and offer her the right kind of help (non-enablling help) when she’s ready to accept it. But the best thing you can do, until your daughter is ready to accept help, is to take care of yourself, the rest of the family, and that baby. May God’s peace with you.

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      • Thank you so much Barbara.

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  7. Hi, My name is Cassandra. My Son, Austin, is 24. He is a meth addict. He has been baqttling addiction for 7 years. He was in recover for over a year and got his life back on track. June 2014 he let his friend from treatment move in with him. He relapsed quickly. within 6 months he lost EVERYTHING. He has been homeless for over a year. We are from Wa state, I still live there. before Christmas him and a friend caught a ride with a random trucker. They ended up in LA. About a month ago he ended up in the hospital for 3 days due to an absess on his shin. I do not know if it is healing or not, I rarely hear from him. When I do, he is mean and hateful. Please pray for my Son to hit rock bottom, but not too hard. Just hard enough so that it hurts enough for him to want to get help. I miss my Son so bad ;'( Thanks <3

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    • Cassandra, my heart goes out to you. I am so very sorry for your heartbreak… addiction is such a cruel disease. I will pray for your son, and invite others to do so as well. May God protect Austin, and lead him to the life he was created for. That year of recovery is still part of him. He’s demonstrated he knows how to do it. Praying for the moment when the pain of remaining the same, exceeds the pain of change… and he reaches out again for help. Please be good to yourself, Cassandra.

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  8. Please pray with me for my son, Bryan. We discovered his METH use in November 2014. Utter chaos! Attempts to ‘get him help’ were in vain. Bryan being locked up in County jail in April 2015 was a blessing even though he has a serious charge!
    The “best case punishment”, HOPE drug court was denied twice by the DA’s office: original request and appeal. I am HEART BROKEN because he now faces harsher punishments. Either SAFP (Substance Abuse Felony Probation…which I’ve been praying for since HOPE was denied) or the “worst case punishment”, 5 – 99 in prison.
    We all know that Bryan needs REHAB/Recovery not prison to beat this wicked disease; so please pray with me that our merciful Father God uses this situation to mold Bryan into the man he purposefully put him here to be… honoring and glorifying Him always. Shining like a beacon into the dark to bring others to the Father.
    In Jesus precious and powerful name AMEN!

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    • Gwen, my website was hacked and I am just now seeing your post. I am so sorry for your troubled heart about Bryan. I am praying for his protection, and for the best possible outcome.

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  9. Please pray for our family. Our son is in prison he is an addict right now he is in protective custody I pray hedge of protection and God’s angels over him. His name is ryan our first born.

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    • Sorry to be so long responding to your post, Susan. My website was haywire. I join you in prayer for Ryan, and for your family. May God’s will be done in his life.

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  10. Please pray for my son Sean, who has been battling cocaine addiction for 20 yrs, he has been in and out of rehabs, until now he feel hopeless and helpless, I have very little support from family members who have divorced themselves from the situation. Its devasting and lonely journey but I believe once there is life there is hope. Thank you for your prayers and love.

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    • Deanna, my website was dysfunctional for weeks… so sorry for the late reply to your post. Loving an addicted child is indeed a devastating and lonely journey. I pray for Sean’s protection, and that he find recovery. This is a merciless disease, but there is always HOPE.

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  11. Please pray for my daughter Allyson. She is 26 years old and the mother of two boys. She is battling addiction and for now I have custody of her one son and the other grandson? The father has custody of. Her addiction is destroying our family because it seems my entire life revolves around trying to save her. I know I have done all I can do and know that Jesus loves her more than me. Please pray with me that as a child of our most high God that he will be with her and send an angel to watch over her! Please pray for her salvation.

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    • Sue, I am so sorry for the late reply to your post. My website wasn’t working properly and I wasn’t alerted to the post. Please know I am praying for Allyson, her two sons, and for you and your entire family. May God protect her, and lead her into the life he created her for.

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  12. Please pray for my daughter Chelsie. She has been using heroin now for almost 7 years. She’s almost 23. My heart hurts for her pain & shame! I love her more then words & want her to find out who she really is & why God brought her to me.

    When she was two years old, she told me “when I was being born, I lost my breath & went to the angles.” My response was “when you loose your breath & go to the angles you don’t come back.”
    “They brought me back for you” – true story. I know she has a huge purpose in her life & I want her to find it befor it’s to late!!

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    • Thank you for posting. Meagan. Praying for Chelsie… praying for her protection and restoration.

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  13. Hello, please pray for my 26 year old son Kris. He has been addicted to drugs for 12 years. He started with marijuana, meth, heroin, pills and now meth again. Kris has been sober for short periods of time in the 12 years since he started using. The meth is causing him to have paranoia. Please pray for my family. I lost my sister to a drug overdose 5 years ago and can not imagine losing my son.
    Thank you very much

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    • My Dear Sister…. i Pray that God puts people in your sons life to show him theirs a Better life out their .. May Guardians cross his Path to Protect him and Guide him to Learn to Love himself.. Im so Sorry your going threw this I too habe a 14yo son who has allready OD on pills that he stole from me . I feel your Pain and Longing for your son to become the Man I know you believe he is meant to be… May God comfort you and Angels surround you in this time… xoxox Annmarie From one Mother to the next… ❤

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    • Praying for protection for you, Kris, and your entire family. May God free all of you from the bondage and the pain that addiction brings to a family.

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    • Oh Kris. My heart goes out for you and your family. May you find comfort in prayer and in having each other – your other family members and good friends who are with you in this difficult journey. Be good to yourself.

      I find, that with my son who fights addiction, that boxes help – I’m in my box and he’s in his box. You can put the boxes side-by-side but your can’t merge the boxes as there are solid sides (boundaries).

      Also, a book that really helped me accept my reality is by Byron Katie – a book called “Loving What Is.” Perhaps it will comfort you and free you from the guilt and suffering that comes with having a child who is on this path. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kris.

      With love we find courage in support,

      Elin Bullmann
      Trevor’s mom

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  14. Please pray for an awakening for my 41 Yr old son Jay incarnated in prison due to a 20 plus year addiction to meth. During twenty years, Jay has spent more time in prisons and jails than out on the streets which is the only reason he is even still alive, and by God’s unending mercy and grace. Thanks and all the glory be to God. This last time he was in meth-psychosis which was very frightening for a mother to witness.
    He will be released in December and on strict DOC probation for 3 yrs. this time around.
    Thanks for listening to another heart broken mother.
    God bless.

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    • Oh Gloria, I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. I will of course pray for Jay, and for your mother’s heart. May God’s will be done in his life.

      Please know there is always hope! Your son’s story reminds me of a friend of mine named Archie. I actually wrote a blog about him last week, and shared his amazing story of restoration. You can read that blog piece by clicking on this link: http://www.addiction.com/expert-blogs/the-miracle-of-recovery/

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  15. Thank you for your beautiful prayer, Annmarie. I will join you here.

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  16. Prayers to All God Give us Strength to stay strong and Protect the lives of our Loved ones and ones unknown….For my Daughter continues to bring people into her Life that surrounds her with the Love Only you Lord can give to her. And Bring her patience with herself and Her new and only child Jagger Morethious to Raise him To be a Strong minded and Motivated young Man.. in Lord Jesus Name i Pray For ALL!

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    • Thank you for your beautiful prayer, Annmarie. I will join you here.

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  17. Prayers for Toni’s 14-year old son Ryan, and that he will be found… safe and sound.

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  18. My son started experimenting with any drug he could get ahold of, he tells me. Starting smoking heroin (china white, east coast) at 13yrs old. A beautiful child of two addicts. Mother in recovery, relapse a few times but, 19yrs since active addiction. Father DOC-H. Homeless. Streets of Oregon. I met his dad when I was 12yrs old. He introduced this very naïve Quaker preachers daughter to every drug, available in the early 80s. I left home with him at 13yrs old. My parents, although loved me very much. They did not enable me. Just put me on a run away list so they could be notified if I was dead. They were very ashamed of me. I was no longer apart of their lives that of course none of us want an addict as their child. I am still blamed for their exit from the church, my fathers addiction and my brothers. LONG story and my own recovery. His dad left me after he came back from war (desert storm) for a friend of mine that I had met in treatment. They married, had two children. I raised my son alone. Most of the time, working three jobs. In active addiction through the first few years we were on our own. Years he remembers. I worked hard on my own recovery and building trust and a relationship again with my family and a secure ‘family unit’ for my son. My bottom, was seeing my son going through not one, but two traumatic episodes in my addiction. I tell you this much so, you understand my prayer request. Joshua, my beautiful baby boy. My whole reason to decide to LIVE. Yes, for myself. But the pain on that babies face at 5yrs old, when his mama was beaten and left for dead, standing over her with a base ball bat to protect her so she could sleep until it wasn’t dark out and we could get help. That was it! No child should ever feel like this. Every child should be protected, not ever to feel like they have to protect their mom when they are so little and vulnerable. April 12, 2015 my baby boy, turned 25yrs old. I think because of my parents thinking of shame, regarding my addiction. (hidden at all costs) and both of my parent health issues today. I kept my sons addiction between him and I. I also was raised under the assumption, we women suffer quietly, never complain. We control and manipulate with guilt. So, I lived with my guilt for my sons addiction alone for a very long time. I enabled because of guilt. I do not and have never been in any recovery since I stopped using, with Gods help and the love of that baby boy. I do not go through so many of the ‘addiction’ symptoms everyone in recovery goes through. There is NOTHING in this world, that would make me want to use actively use EVER again. I HATE drugs. I keep my God and my faith close. I wear them every day. My son, Joshua is lost. I know, I will never have him back. But, I pray he is able to find his bottom. Soon. He will die out there. He has already started his internal bleeding from the stomach lining, the failing of his kidneys, liver cirrhosis. Veins collapsed I found out, just two weeks ago in the ER when I tried to get him help as he begged. The hospitals turning us away. He hates me. He blames me every time he does contact me (not often) I get a text every couple weeks from his dad. That they are ‘hangin’ so I know he is still alive. I want that boy, to decide to live. He deserves to live. To experience wonderful life. I see these kids, going to college, having families, rafting, bike riding, dancing. I want that for him. I have tried. I have bought him 3 cars, houses, kept him out of jail, paid for everything. I have nothing left. Literally. The last 25k of my savings now gone, I also paid the last of his 2 year felony probation fines. My parents needed me a year ago. whom I left my home in Ohio to come back to Oregon to help them, want nothing to do with their grandson. Would not even say happy birthday to the boy. I have been informed, that this my fault and the dysfunction of this family came from me. I have been blocked by parents on social media sites, because I am once again voicing our dysfunctional families, private issues. It is 1am. I am homeless today was the deadline for me in my apartment. I have two little dogs (one 12yrs old) we will be packing all day. Then living in my car. I can not pay for any more treatment programs, no more meals or blankets dropped off for my son. Pray for my baby, Please. I want him to break free of these chains. I have my faith and the gift God gave me, I feel I have helped destroy. I knew that the day I hit bottom. I have spent 19yrs, bring my son up with Gods love and teaching faith and showing God through my life as an example of his love. But, I couldn’t undo the damage. He has told me, I am the strongest person he knows and that I did teach him to except Christ and love God. My heart is broken. If it were not for TAM, I would be worse for sure! I am and have been getting as educated as possible and joining groups, whatever I can to try and be able to stand on my own again. Faith and God are just the most amazing GRACE!!!!Pray for dear, sweet Joshua Thank you!!!! sorry so long 🙁

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    • My heart breaks to read your story, Dreama. I am praying for your continued recovery, for your mother’s heart, and for protection for your precious Joshua. May he have his moment of clarity SOON… and find his way out. As you likely know, addiction runs in families. None of this is your fault. I am so very sorry your family can’t see this, and you don’t have their support. But other mothers like you can be your family. You say that Joshua hates you. I hope you know that’s his addiction talking. I think everyone in active addiction has said those words to loved ones. It’s the nature of the beast… but nevertheless painful to hear. May God’s peace, the peace that transcends all understanding, be with you, Dreama.

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      • Barbara, I was up until 630am listening to the local police scanner, checking all 911 overdose calls. I know its torture but, I also as an adult using with his dad, no one will tell me if anything is wrong. I have been in these shoes for a long time and I know I am not ok. I am however, with the help of TAM to realize, this is unhealthy. I was worried I shared was worried I had shared way too much on the prayer request and I may not be excepted or erased. I am very grateful for your prayers. Thank you so very much. My unhealthy negative thinking is starting to turn around. I only have some days I can not function now, instead of everyday. God Bless you and thank you for all the work you do for our children.

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    • Dreama … you are not alone. How brave of you to post your honest and vulnerable state today. Tomorrow is not in your power to change but TODAY is. If you only do 1 thing today to make a difference in your life and in the life of your son, you will have made progress. Little actions add up. Keep trying to reach out to you son, just to tell him you love him. Eventually he may say it back. If you can go to AA meetings, they will help so much. If someday you son will go with you, together you can help each other. I pray for you and your son today Dreama. Keep on keepin’ on. One day at a time.

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      • Elin,
        Thank you for your kind, understanding words and prayers. I have not shared my story completely, even on TAM. That is the most I have divulged. Once I realized how much I actually wrote, I decided to leave it there, what did I have to loose 🙂 But, I am glad I did. Ok people her to buy my fridge, I have to get out and busy moving stuff to storage. Thank you again for your prayers. God Bless

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  19. pray for my son, Adam. He has been a drug user for many years. He is only 30 and has already lost all of his teeth and has been in the hospital with heart failure, which the doctors told him was due to his drug use. His answer to me was, well I don’t plan on stopping. He denies that he is still using, but my daughter has told me he has the tell tale signs all over his arms again. He really doesn’t speak to me and this saddens me.

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    • Daisy, I pray for Adam’s protection, and that God’s will be fulfilled in his life. There is always hope. I also pray for you and your mother’s heart. A child lost to addiction is a pain that never leaves us, but we can learn to care for ourselves… to save ourselves.

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  20. Posting this for my friend Barbara Theodosiou, founder of The Addict’s Mom:
    Dear Lord,
    My son Daniel is missing in my life, it has been one week today. But Dear Lord I know he is not missing in yours.
    Dear Lord I ask you to watch over my son as I know only you can. I ask for your protection and thank you for giving me this beautiful child who I have been blessed to be his mother. Lord protect him as only you can. I know he is in your loving hands. I put my son and my trust in you.
    In Jesus Name I pray…Amen
    Please say a prayer for Daniel too? Please pray for all the beautiful missing children with me?
    After you do will you SHARE this post with someone, anyone and ask them to say a prayer for the missing too. Please don’t break our circle.
    I believe in prayers, I believe in the power of prayers…I believe in us…..
    Much love to all addict’s moms and their families…Barbara

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    • Daniel is in my prayers tonight … that he may be blessed and protected by our Lord. I pray tonight and for tomorrows that he find his way with the Lord by his side. Keep the faith.

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  21. Please pray for my son Vanya. He is in month 8 of recovery from meth addiction. He lives in sober living. This is his second time in recovery. He has also suffered the loss of both of his bio parents, when he was 6 / 7 (now 26). Thank you kindly!

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    • Eight months clean is incredible news! I will pray for Vanya, Maggie. May God’s will be done as Vanya continues to recover and to find his way more deeply into a new life.

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    • Hi Maggie. Eight months is definitely something to celebrate! May I recommend a book that is helping me tremendously? It’s a book that Barbara recommended to me called “It Takes a Family” by Debra Jay. I can’t tell you how much this book helps and tells you exactly how you and the rest of your family can create the kind of environment that Vanya needs to stay sober … and that will help all of you heal and enable continued recovery.

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  22. Please pray for my amazing son Trevor, 17 years old. He’s working towards life skills to handle his anxiety, social phobia, depression, and problems in school that he found could all “go away” with alcohol and pot. Now in a therapeutic boarding school until he’s 18 (at least).

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    • Trevor is so fortunate to have a family advocating for him in this way. He is in my prayers for full healing and restoration.

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    • Elin, I just lit candles for the Lights of Hope today and have been praying over this page. Came across your post here… how much things have changed since March! Warm blessings on your family today and every day.

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  23. Please help me pray for my son and his 3 beautiful boys. He and the mother of his children have been addicts and there lives have spiraled out of control. My son can not keep a job, and has a theft record a mile long. He recently had no where to live so his grandparents took him in. Come to find out he was just hiding from another warrant that will put him in jail for 18 moths due to a parole violation. He and his girlfriend stole a computer from his grandparents.
    He says he is turning himself in today, and that leaves the mother who is no better to care for his 3 little boys. I am scared, for they live over 1000 miles from me.
    I beg of you to please pray.

    Thank you.

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    • Praying in earnest for your son, grandchildren, their mother, and for your entire family. May God’s hand be on the entire family as things play out. I pray for protection for the innocents, and for God’s will to be done in your son’s life.

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  24. Vijay name meaning victorious , 23 year old son , meth and other substance addictions been using since introduced to drug at 14 yrs old , ruined education , family life . etc we are trusting the Lord but its been a long stressful journey we don’t sleep to well at night . Thankyou for prayers and book I read it in 24 hours , it gave us so much hope hugs to you and Annie and rest of family for being so honest we really appreciate it . Blessings in Christ from New Zealand

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    • Sandra, joining you in prayer for Vijay. May God’s will be done in his life.

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  25. I pray for you Barbara, so your words may be heard at the college level of our own community school.
    I pray for Derrick who has been sober and clean of Meth for 16-months and he continues to thrive.
    I pray for strength in our family unit that all will understand what being an addict is like on a daily basis.
    Amen

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    • Thank you for your beautiful prayer, Rene. Wonderful news that Derrick is flourishing. Agree with you in prayer for family understanding.

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  26. Thinking of you, Z, and praying. You can do this.

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  27. please pray for my daughter Mary who is in active addiction. And for her family

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    • Thank you for your post, Kim. Praying for Mary… may she have a “moment of clarity” and seek recovery. Also praying for peace, and strength, for you and her family.

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  28. I pray for my son Harrison that he can make the connection with a program and people that can teach him how to live without drugs, that his true nature can reemerge, and our family can be made whole. I add my prayer for all those addicts and loved ones to find sobriety, peace, and wholeness.

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    • Thank you for your post, Sharon. Agreeing with you in prayer for Harrison… and for all who suffer.

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  29. Special prayers for Dave and his beloved son down in Arizona… for peace and protection. Get back up on the horse, Brandon…

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  30. Please take my AS Greg to prayer. He continues his battle against the disease of addiction. He continues to live on the streets on Central Coast of Oregon. Much healing is needed for him. He just needs to realize that he is deserving. He needs to wake up to the fact that he still is a child of God and he is still very special and has so much life to live and enjoy. God Bless and be with him and all friends out there with him.
    Thank you Barbara for this wonderful site prayer requests. You are truly special to keep reaching out to those still needing help. We are all blessed to have you on our TAM site. Love and continued peace and healing for you and your wonderful family. Linds

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    • Praying for your mother’s heart, Linda, and that Greg will find his way into recovery. Wishing you peace.

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  31. For our son, Jason, who is suffering physically as well as mentally. Hopefully seeing a doctor for the mental suffering will start him on a healing path.

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    • Praying for Jason, and your entire family, Sue. The hardest thing we do as moms is when we watch our kids suffer. Wishing you peace and healing.

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  32. Thank you for praying for us. I f you would keep my Daughter Michelle in your prayers she is an IV addict and has never gotten any help or rehab. Thank you from the bottom of my heart . God Bless you !!!

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    • Thanks for your post, Donna. Praying for protection for Michelle… and that a door be opened for her to find her way out. Take care of yourself, Donna.

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  33. Prayers for my sister Chris who has long suffered with mental illness, abuse and drug use. Meth.
    For my brother Stan who is an alcoholic and whose 37 year marriage is crumbling.
    I will partner with you in prayer.
    Xo
    Stacey
    What a special website. Thank you for all you do for people affected by addiction.

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  34. Prayers for Donna in Bend… for peace, for your sustained recovery, and for that book you have in your mind and your heart.

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  35. my daughter is smitten by a young man who is 6 year meth user. She into her 1rst honing into her second year of using. I want her to stop and Ti distance herself from this young man I know ain’t right. My daughter is good hearted and always wanting to help save people but she’s caught up. I don’t know what to do

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    • Praying for your daughter, Mikw. Some in the throes of addiction are also codependent (that is, trying to “fix” or “save” others). In order to get and stay clean, your daughter will need to give herself permission to save herself, and separate from others who use drugs. That kind of change is difficult. Pray. Love her. Keep clear boundaries. Take care of yourself.

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  36. I would like to continue my prayers and ask for all of you to pray over Derrick who has just over one-year of being clean off meth and all other substances. I am so proud of him for spreading the word in the rooms of N.A., and to the inmates at the local jail. I am so proud of his strength but believe in the power of prayer.

    I ask for all of us to sit in prayer for those inside and outside the rooms and for their sobriety. Amen!

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  37. I pray for my precious daughter, Kelly, 23, for protection and healing. She is still relapsing every two months and will not embrace a traditional recovery program. This page is not long enough to contain my prayer. I thank God for His protection so far, and Barbara, I thank you for your book. I read it in one night and in the two years of knowing we were in this fight, I finally felt understood.

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  38. Dear Barbara,

    After getting news two weeks ago that my little brother was once again in the hospital (his second MRSA staph infection), I renewed my search for resources and info about addiction – meth in particular. I somehow found you and your book, which I ordered on the spot.

    I drove from Seattle to Eugene to sit with my brother during his stay (one week as it turned out). Our father lives in Vegas; our mother in Vancouver, WA. Regardless – they both are worn too thin to deal with this anymore. It’s an ordeal that’s lasted over 20 years now.

    He and I had a great time together last week. During the days I spent with him at the hospital, I encouraged him to try rehab again – told him we’d do whatever we could to help him get clean. He said he doesn’t need rehab, that he’s not addicted to anything.

    He’s been mostly homeless for about 5 years, all of that on alcohol, pot, and meth – as available. His whole adult life is a pattern: he gets clean for a bit, starts to get things together, and then decides to have a drink. And then next thing you know – job gone, apartment gone, homeless, needle in arm. He’s now 41. And is also Hep C positive.

    As soon as I got back to Seattle I read your book – in less than 24 hours. I devoured it. I’ve just ordered copies to be sent to both my folks. Thank you – and Annie – so much for sharing your story, your heartache, and your hope.

    And your prayers. Denny – currently somewhere under a bridge in Eugene. Please include him.

    Love,
    Rachel

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    • Rachel, your comment touched me so. I will share it with Annie when I see her tonight.

      Your brother’s addiction sounds like the classic cycle, and his denial is common among those with substance abuse disorder. It’s the nature of the beast. Annie tells me that recovery becomes possible for the addict when the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change. In the meantime, those of us who love them are left in pain.

      Since we can’t change anyone else, and can only change ourselves, the best we can do is love, intervene if we can, advocate when the opportunity presents itself, and pray. Addicts get clean every day and there is indeed reason to have hope… but we can’t stop living while we’re praying and hoping.

      It meant so much to me when others prayed for Annie, and I will now do so for Denny. I am praying for healing, and for God’s will in his life.

      Wishing you peace, Rachel.
      Barb

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  39. For my beautiful son, Ben, who has made it to 18 and is 914 days sober! For all the kids at The Insight Group in Georgia. Yes, there is hope!

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    • It’s quite an accomplishment for one so young to have acquired so much clean time. Praises for Ben and your entire family. Praying for his continued recovery and the others at The Insight Group.

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  40. For my daughter Leslie who has not yet recognized that she has an addiction problem. I pray that God keep her safe and steers her in the right direction.

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    • Praying with you, Tami, for your daughter Leslie.

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  41. You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be really something
    which I think I might never understand. It
    seems too complicated and very large for me.

    I’m taking a look forward to your next post, I will attempt to get the grasp of it!

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    • Hello. There is nothing easy about addiction so if I make it appear so, I’m doing a terrible job here! All I can do is share the things I’ve learned, and hope others might find one nugget they can use in their own lives. I do know there is hope.

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  42. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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    • I’ll take a comment like this anyway. Thanks!

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  43. Stephanie 18, my beautiful baby. She is 36 days clean and sober, and in rehab. I pray for her recovery and that she finds the woman God intends her to be.

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    • Joining you in prayer for Stephanie, Heidi. 36 days is a great beginning for a new life.

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      • Stephanie, 18 from Bend. Today she is 85 days clean, and is leaving rehab on Sunday. Please pray for her continued sobriety, and determination to live a new life.

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  44. Praying for my beautiful daughter to be restored to fullness in all things. Remove her addictions, restore her to peace and a love for the Lord like she has never known before..In His mighty name I pray…Amen

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    • Pam, I agree with your prayer and want to add my daughter, Kelly, to this prayer. I pray that you can see your daughter in the path of restoration right now.

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    • Pam! For some reason I didn’t see your post when you wrote it in 2014. Was just lighting my TAM candles and scrolling through this list and praying… and saw your name. Please know I’m praying for you and your daughter, my friend. May God’s purpose for her life be fulfilled.

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  45. For you my beautiful son, Tyler.
    Age 24
    Bend, Or

    May God continue to work in your life and may He free you of your addictions.

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    • Joining you in prayer for Tyler my friend!

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    • Stace, just lit my candles for Lights of Hope and prayed for you and your family… especially Ty and your sister. Love you!

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  46. Terri, I will pray for both you and your precious girl, Stacy. There is hope. Recovery can happen.

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  47. Please pray for my daughter, Stacy, that she finds recovery.

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    • Terri, just lit my candles for Lights of Hope and began scrolling through the names on this page and praying… and I came across your post here. Amazing, isn’t it, how much things have changed since you wrote this in March of last year??!!

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  48. Please pray for my 18 yr old son Austin. He has zero hope in ever being able to quit 🙁

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    • Aimee, I will pray for Austin, and I will pray for you. Please know there is always hope and that a Power greater than ourselves can achieve what we cannot.

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  49. Prayers for April and Donnie

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  50. Praying for all of the lives in my Water Church family who are affected by addiction.

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  51. Praying for Ted’s son and Michelle’s daughter.

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  52. I ask for prayers for my son Travis as he begins his recovery living in a sober living apartment – first time to be on his own and starts a new job and recommits to a 12-step program.

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  53. Praying for the family and friends of actor, Cory Monteith.

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  54. I pray for my dear friend Christine. She recently reached out and wants to stay clean…I can see it in her eyes 🙂 I pray that she finds peace and a new life in recovery…

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    • Agree with Nancy!

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  55. Our prayers go to our son Dan. We are so happy that you are happy and finding your way! Praying for continued recovery and safe life journey. We love you!

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  56. I pray for and honor my beloved David, 8 years clean and sober. You are a remarkable, treasured young man.

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  57. My prayers go to the author Barbara and her family. Can only imagine what an ordeal your journey has been. You are fabulous for becoming so active in this horrible addiction. I can’t wait to read your book!

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  58. For my children JD and Ruth may you life your lives clean and whole. You are my treasures.

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  59. Sending up prayers for the sustained recovery of all of our MAC volunteers…Brian H., Angie, Cheri, Chase, Archie, Lindsey, Shawn, Emily, Nancy, Aquila, Michelle, Brandi, Brian M., Jessica, Jacob, Tanner, Austin, Cooper, Dillon, Greyson.

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  60. Prayers for my adorable Pete, Bend, Oregon

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  61. For Annie and Tom, Bend, Oregon
    I pray for your continued recovery, your marriage, your new careers, and for protection over your lives. I love you.

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    • Thank you for your site! My prayer is for my son William. He reached out to me and wants help! I ask also for all the mom’s, dad’s and families being affected by this tragic disease of drugs taking away our children! Bless you!

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      • Thank you for your post, Rhonda. He’s asked for help… wow!! A huge, first step. I join you in prayer for William. May God clear a path of recovery for your son, and lead him into the life he was created for.

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