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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
You can’t do this stuff because it’ll kill you,” she said. “You try this one time, two times, 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 don’t deserve this.

The Courier-Tribune – August 3, 2019

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

My Child Recovered From Her Addiction. But I’m Not Sure I Ever Really Will.
A text from my daughter popped up on my phone the other day: “I need to talk to you.” I immediately texted back, “All OK?” 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

Love, Leverage and Connection
Watch as Andrea Arlington of ‘Families United for Recovery’ talks about Love, Leverage and Connectio. Studies show when the family gets into recovery, and learns how to communicate in a healthier way, their loved ones have a much better chance! Learn to help your loved one by gaining connection with them even while they’re still using! This positions you to gain influence with them and that allows you to become their best chance for choosing treatment and sustaining long term recovery.

Fox 5 – June 13, 2019

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
Heroin and other opioid addictions are an arduous habit to break, and they 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 MomsStrong.org, 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, and now Susan Stevens, 53, 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 – March 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
Editor’s Note: The following was written by the mother of Brian Christ, who died of a heroin overdose at home in 2004. Brian’s death changed the lives of many, especially his parents, Lee Ann and Tony Christ, and sisters Katelyn and Ashley. 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, regardless of party.

NPR – National Public Radio – Oct. 30, 2018

From Tough Love To Empathy: Coaching For Parents With Opioid-Addicted Children
It was Bea Duncan who reached for the phone at 2 a.m. on a January morning nine years ago. Her son Jeff had been caught using drugs in a New Hampshire sober home and was being kicked out.

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

B.C. mom shares the heartbreak of an addicted child
With every fiber of my being as his mother, I have stood resolutely, phone in hand, and said No, I cannot help you with that. With Mother’s Day approaching, this is an open letter to all mothers who have children dealing with addiction issues.

The Abbotsford News – Letter to the Editor – Feb. 23, 2018

Being an addict’s mom: ‘It’s just a very, very sad place’
Seven years ago, Barbara Theodosiou, then a successful entrepreneur building a women’s business mentoring group, stopped going to meetings, leaving the house and taking care of herself. She grew increasingly distraught.

CNN – August 28, 2014

Book Reviews
Adversity Needn’t Thwart or Define You. Here’s How to Cope
Elizabeth Smart’s “Where There’s Hope” offers advice on moving past trauma and its aftermath.

The New York Times – Book Review – Jul. 6, 2018

Saving Jake: A Powerful Family Memoir of Opioid Addiction
A Powerful Family Memoir of Opioid Addiction
A Mother’s Pain, a Daughter’s Addiction
When Maureen Cavanagh, clicked on a link to a Salem News story headlined “Marblehead Honor Student Arrested for Prostitution,” her first thought was: “How sad. How very sad.” As she read further, however, her feelings turned to horror.
The New York Times – Oct. 12, 2018
More book reviews to come…
Interviews
12 Remarkable Moms Willing to Challenge Addiction
An Interview with Barbara Theodosiou, Founder of The Addict’s Mom
Interview With Drug Prevention Activist: Barbara Stoefen
Barbara tells her story about her daughter, Annie’s addiction and recovery. She also gives some helpful suggestions for families that are struggling.
The Joey Song – Sandra Swenson Shares Her Story
When addiction is understood as a disease, it will be treated like a disease — but this is an understanding that will happen only when those of us who love an addict stop hiding addiction as though it’s a disgrace.
The Addict and My Child: Mother’s with Addicted Children
Kirsten Haglund interviews Sandy Swenson about her experience with a son struggling with addiction and the resulting book she wrote Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children. Part Two.
The Addict and My Child: Mother’s with Addicted Children
Kirsten Haglund interviews Sandy Swenson about her experience with a son struggling with addiction and the resulting book she wrote Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children. Part Four.
The Addict and My Child: Mother’s with Addicted Children
Kirsten Haglund interviews Sandy Swenson about her experience with a son struggling with addiction and the resulting book she wrote Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children. Part Six.
A Neuroscientist Explores The Biology Of Addiction In ‘Never Enough’
Interview With Judith Grisel on Her new book is Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction.
Exclusive Interview with Author Katherine Ketcham
The Recovery Research Institute sat down with Author Katherine Ketcham to talk about her new book, The Only Life I Could Save, and how to help save a loved one from addiction.

Recovery Research Institute – News & Opinion – Apr. 30, 2018

My Son’s Battle with Meth Addiction: Beautiful Boy’s Mom Tells Her Emotional Real-Life Story.
Vicki Sheff, the mother of Nic Sheff, the meth addict played by Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy, shares her perspective on her family’s struggle and the new movie.

People – Oct. 12, 2018

The Addict and My Child: Mother’s with Addicted Children
Kirsten Haglund interviews Sandy Swenson about her experience with a son struggling with addiction and the resulting book she wrote Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children. Part One.
The Addict and My Child: Mother’s with Addicted Children
Kirsten Haglund interviews Sandy Swenson about her experience with a son struggling with addiction and the resulting book she wrote Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children. Part Three.
The Addict and My Child: Mother’s with Addicted Children
Kirsten Haglund interviews Sandy Swenson about her experience with a son struggling with addiction and the resulting book she wrote Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children. Part Five.
What Advice Do You Have For Parents?
A compilation of interviews asking this question: ‘What advice do you have for parents who are concerned about their adolescent or young adult’s substance use?