by Sandy Swenson
February 10, 2020

Addiction is an illness, so I don’t feel courageous speaking out about it, just as I wouldn’t feel courageous speaking out about any other disease. I guess it does take some courage to go against the status quo, but I’m driven by something more important than fear—I’m on a mission. I’m speaking out about the disease for my son. So it feels less like courage and more like love.

I do have to dig deep, all the way down to my pinky-toes sometimes, to find the courage I need to face the face of addiction every day, even when my son’s face is out of sight. But courage, I’ve discovered, is a bit like a boomerang. It returns each time I toss it out there, giving me the confidence to give it another go.

Sometimes courage is silent, a process happening inside my own head or heart. And sometimes it means standing up and speaking out.

It takes courage to be courageous.

But courageous I will be—even if I’m quaking.

“Courage is contagious.”  ~Billy Graham

Quoted from the app ‘Readings for Moms of Addicts’ available in the App Store or Google Play. (c) Sandra Swenson.

Dandelion STRONG

“We may often feel fragile, but we are strong. And we are many.
We have the power to overpower the destruction that addiction spreads.”


Sandra Swenson is the author of The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction (Central Recovery Press 2014), Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children (Hazelden 2017), the Readings for Moms of Addicts app (Hazelden 2018), and her blog.

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