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
7 Tips for Mothers of Adult Addicts
Parenting adult children who abuse substances, the law, or their families.
9 Tips from Families Who’ve Lost a Loved One to Addiction
A Letter From Families Who Have Lost a Loved One to Addiction
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.
Heart Check For Parents Of Struggling Teens
Tracy Winchell shares the HEART Check Journaling method.
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How Does Drug Use Affect the Teen Brain?
The brain continues to grow and evolve through the teenage years and into young adulthood, including the systems that govern emotions and impulses.  This makes teenagers particularly susceptible to alcohol and other drug use.
How to Help Your Addicted (adult) Loved One
We made a lot of mistakes. Those mistakes taught us a lot.
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.
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

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.
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.​
This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake
Making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from, which often means doing the thing you least want to do—looking your failures and disappointments square in the eye and re-strategizing.
‘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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
How to Tell if Your Child is Drinking Alcohol
Learn the signs of underage drinking and how to move forward with love and support.
Parent Of Drug Addict Help: Top 10 Truths To Help Parents
A few hard lessons complied into a list of truths.
Secondhand Drinking – Secondhand Smoking – a Powerful Connection for Change
Secondhand drinking refers to the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others.
Stigma Reducing Language
We can reduce the stigma, and help save lives, just by changing our language.
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.
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.