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Moms in the News
The Intelligencer

Education initiative aims to shed the stigma of addiction, save lives

Jane and Stephen Straw lost their 19-year-old daughter, Anna, to a heroin overdose, but refused to give in to the stigma that shames so many families into silence when a loved one loses the battle with drugs.
The Intelligencer – Jaunuary 26, 2015
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Cannabis-related psychosis, addiction, ER visits.

For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game, by and description.
The Philadelphia Inquirer – December 23, 2019

In Their Shoes: I am a Mother of an Addict

D’anne Burwell talks about what it's like to have a son who was addicted to drugs.
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How Family Members Can Move From Fear To Love And Help Themselves And Their Loved Ones Heal by Beverly Buncher

The ways in which family members sometimes respond to the ongoing reality of a loved one’s struggles, can, at times, be just that, brutal, and harmful.
The Sober World – September 30, 2019
Globe and Mail

A portrait of loss: 15 women, 16 overdose deaths, one national drug crisis.

“Those who are dying are not just ‘addicts’, they are somebody’s someone.”
The Globe and Mail – August 28, 2019

Son’s OD Death Puts Mom On a Mission

It starts rewiring your brain, and you can’t get away from this — and you’re doing this to your family, and your parents and people that love you.
The Courier-Tribune – August 3, 2019
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Saving Myself

The boundaries we set are not for our addicts. They are not to save them. We do not have the power to save them. We set boundaries to save ourselves.
The Sober World Magazine – July 30, 2019
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My Child Recovered From Her Addiction. But I’m Not Sure I Ever Really Will.

When your adult child is a recovering addict, that sense of dread stays front and center — read about a mother’s perspective on how she copes with her daughter’s recovery.
Huffpost – July 15, 2019
Families United for Recovery

Love, Leverage and Connection

Andrea Arlington of ‘Families United for Recovery’ talks about how once the family finds recovery and learns to communicate in a healthier way, their loved ones have a better chance.
Fox 5 June 13, 2019
USA Today

I shouldn’t have been ashamed of my brother. Eliminate the stigma around opioid addiction.

At first, I put the blame for my brother’s addiction squarely on his shoulders. But I’ve learned that stigma is a burden too heavy to carry. James “LJ” Winnefeld III
USA Today - May 17, 2019

A Mother’s Struggle With Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction

Opioid addictions can nearly destroy the lives of entire families. One young woman was in the throes of addiction, and her mother searched for her for years.
The Epoch Times - May 9, 2019

Military mom warns about the dangers of medical marijuana

Watch as Sally Schindel, co-founder of, speaks to Fox and Friends about her son’s marijuana-related suicide.
Fox News - April 27, 2019

An overdose and a mother’s search for truth

She had spent the past 13 months retelling the story of her daughter to anyone who would listen; now Susan Stevens sped down the highway, needing to tell it again.
The Washington Post - Mar 31, 2019

Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved.

How rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid addicts into a deadly cycle.
Boston Globe - Mar 9, 2019

Two Ohio Mothers Open Up About Their Sons’ Drug Addictions.

Listen in as Audie Cornish talks with two moms with addicted children about guilt, frustration, hope, and how their sons’ struggles with addiction have affected them.
NPR - March 7, 2019

Addiction: Where were the parents? Go ahead. Judge me.

They are parents of the dead from addiction, tasked with the unnatural act of burying their children at a rate unprecedented in modern American history.
The Ledger - Jan 28, 2019
Brittany Sherfield and her mom, Katie Donovan.

Moms of children dead from drug addiction: ‘Where is the outrage for us?’

How a mother’s love outlives her daughter’s heroin addiction though 17 relapses.
Daily Advertiser - Jan 2, 2019

A Mother’s Reflection On Her Son’s Addiction, His Death, Her Faith And What If’s

We share this story not to scare—although we are fine if that’s the impact it has on young minds and families—but to inform and remind.
The Dispatch - Nov 28, 2018

Opioid-Addicted Son, Shapes How Florida Mother Will Vote.

Rachel Martin talks to Isabelle Simon, whose son has been treated for opioid addiction. She plans on voting for candidates who support affordable health care and drug counseling.
NPR – National Public Radio - Oct 30, 2018
Photo of Bea and Doug Duncan at their home in Natick (credit: Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From Tough Love To Empathy: Coaching For Parents With Opioid-Addicted Children

I could kind of walk side by side with him on this journey, instead of feeling like I had to take charge of it.
WBUR - Jun 6, 2018

After fighting her son’s addiction for years, one mother learned to let go

As she watched her son Joey slip into addiction, Sandra Swenson became obsessed with his every movement…
Minn Post - Mar 7, 2018
Letter to the Editor

B.C. mom shares the heartbreak of an addicted child

An open letter to all mothers who have children dealing with addiction issues.
The Abbotsford News – Letter to the Editor – Feb. 23, 2018

A Mother’s Way Out

Focusing on my own life allows my son the space to take responsibility for his and that has been the light to follow out of these deep dark woods.
KQED – January 25, 2015
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Being an addict’s mom: ‘It’s just a very, very sad place’

"I found out within six months that both my sons were addicts and like every other mother, I just wanted to go into bed and never get out."
CNN – Aug 28, 2014