This is not the fairytale version of love of which mothers everywhere dream. This love is even stronger.Continue reading
Hug the mom of an addict today; addiction makes people so uncomfortable, she’s often left to suffer in great pain all alone.
The joy of the season and the pain in my heart are like a tangle of tinsel, or competing garlands of flashing lights.
Indestructible and permanent. Wondrous and sustaining. I can feel it. I know you feel it, too.
The truth set me free. The truth set us all free.
An interview with Sandy Swenson by the creators of ‘ASK: Can Love Survive Addiction and Co-Dependency?’ documentary.
Once upon I was just a regular mom. And then I had to figure out how to be the mom of an addict.
We do the best we can when raising our children, but when things go wrong, everything we’ve ever done becomes fodder for the fire of maternal guilt.
Addiction is a misunderstood tragedy, too often hushed up. Too often hidden away due to shame, guilt, or fear of blame. Too often, addiction is a battle faced while all alone and afraid…
As parents who love a child suffering with the disease of addiction, we may often feel fragile, but we are strong. And we are many.
Shame and silence—without them, addiction couldn’t survive. Without them, addiction couldn’t thrive, couldn’t hide, couldn’t continue its deadly march forward, consuming and killing our children in droves.
When a child is born, so is a parent. Full of love and good intentions, we do our best (and hope for the best), believing that things will somehow turn out okay…
As Mother’s Day nears, our tender hearts seem to become even more so. As moms with addicted children, this day doesn’t feel or look the way it’s supposed to.
We can find strength and comfort in each other—and in the enduring blessing that is motherhood. And we can celebrate that.
Posted by Sandy Swenson on Tuesday, May 8, 2018