Hugs and Hope

by Sandy Swenson
December 23, 2019

Hug the mom of an addict today; addiction makes people so uncomfortable, she’s often left to suffer in great pain all alone. Hug the dad of and addict today; addiction is so misunderstood, he’s made to carry a steaming pile of shame. Hug the brother or sister of and addict today; addiction is so consuming, they’ve not only been lost in the shuffle, they’ve also lost life’s very first friend. Hug the grandparents of an addict today; addiction changes grandchildren so completely, they’re confused about what to do or not do.

Hug the police, paramedics, doctors, and nurses today; addiction tries so hard to kill our children, and these are the angels on the front line trying to save them. Hug the friend and the acquaintance, the counselor and the interventionist today; addiction is so complicated, it takes a whole village make it through. Hug the person who didn’t enable your child today; addiction is so conniving, it’s very hard to not be tricked into letting the addict do the thing he wants to do.

Hug an addict today (even if he’s not your own); addiction isn’t something he wanted—remember that he’s living a very tortured life.

Near and far. Sending hugs—and hope—to you all.

“When my arms cannot reach people who are close to my heart I hug them with my prayers.” ~Anonymous 

Excerpt from Tending Dandelions: Honest Mediations for Mother with Addicted Children by Sandy 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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