Let’s open our minds, hearts, and eyes to new ways of navigating the place where love and addiction meet that will bring peace and joy to the holidays.Continue reading
We’re facing a disease that not even the professionals have figured out yet, while in a blind panic, running through the fires of hell with fears and dreams and parental instincts tripping us up.Continue reading
Addiction is a wily disease, a master at ensuring its own survival. We can behave in ways that won’t help it.Continue reading
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
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.
Sandy Swenson talks with host William Moyers about how the distinction between her son and the disease changed everything.
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…