LEARN – How?

I want to know how to do this being-the-parent-of-an-addicted-child thing right. Full of admiration and hope, I will look, listen, and learn.

~ Sandy Swenson, Readings for Moms of Addicts app
How?
Addiction Education Society logo

10 Survival Tips for Loving an addict

Learning how to deal with reality is the most important first step in “surviving” when you love an addicted person.
Read

7 Tips for Mothers of Adult Addicts

Parenting adult children who abuse substances, the law, or their families.
Read
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids logo

7 Truths About My Son’s Addiction that Took 5 Years to Learn

A parent’s input on how he learned to understand the truth about addiction.
Read
Addiction Policy Forum logo

9 Tips from Families Who’ve Lost a Loved One to Addiction

A letter from families who have lost a loved one to addiction.
Read
Addiction Campuses logo

A Message To The Mom With An Addicted Child

It’s devastating to know your child is suffering from addiction. There is hope because addiction is a treatable disease.
Read
Partnership for Drug Free Kids logo

Am I Enabling Addiction by Helping My Child?

There is a natural inclination to love, protect and nurture their children, but when does it cross a line that can be harmful rather than helpful?
Read
Cathy Taughinbaugh logo

Heart Check For Parents Of Struggling Teens

Tracy Winchell shares the HEART Check Journaling method.
Read
Partnership for Drug Free Kids logo

Helping a Family Member or Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Do you have an adult family member or friend with a drug or alcohol problem? You’re probably wondering how you can help. Here are 7 answers to questions you may be asking.
Read
Hazelden Betty Ford logo

How Does Drug Use Affect the Teen Brain?

The brain continues growing through teens and young adulthood, including the systems that govern emotions and impulses. This makes teenagers particularly susceptible to alcohol and other drug use.
Read
Cathy Taughinbaugh logo

How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

Lying seems to be an integral part of addiction. When you think about it, it makes sense. Or does it?
Read
Journey To Recovery

How to Help Your Addicted (adult) Loved One

We made a lot of mistakes. Those mistakes taught us a lot.
Read
SAMHSA logo

How to Tell if Your Child is Drinking Alcohol

Learn the signs of underage drinking and how to move forward with love and support.
Read
Battlefield Addiction

I Was Consumed by My Son’s Addiction Every Minute of Every Day

One mother’s journey of trying to “fix” her child’s addiction.
Read
AddictionBlog.org logo

Parent Of Drug Addict Help: Top 10 Truths To Help Parents

A few hard lessons complied into a list of truths.
Read
The Sober World logo

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
Read

Secondhand Drinking – Secondhand Smoking – a Powerful Connection for Change

Secondhand drinking refers to the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others.
Read
Cecil Whig logo

Shift the Focus: Grandparents — Are you a ‘Giving Tree’?

If resources are provided for your loved one, the chance they will continue to use is higher. Make the decision to only help them toward recovery.
Read
Shatterproof - Stronger than Addiction - logo

Stigma Reducing Language

We can reduce the stigma, and help save lives, just by changing our language.
Read
Partnership for Drug Free Kids logo

The Grief of an Overdose Death — and How You Can Support Someone Grieving a Substance Use Loss

The loss I felt when I lost my older son to an overdose was painful in multiple ways, and different than any other grief.​
Read
Self care

This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake

True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.
Read
The Sober World logo

Treatment Transparency 12 Questions to Ask When Seeking Treatment

What can you do to protect yourself or a loved one seeking treatment? Ask these questions.
Read
USA Today

Week one of college, my son fatally overdosed.

Schools must try to stop similar tragedies.
As you drop off your freshmen, here are six things to consider in collegiate recovery programs.
Read
Washington Post

When did it all begin to fall apart?

A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt.
Addiction can happen to any family and parents need to know they didn’t fail.
Read

Learn