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Danni Morford
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Guest MomPower Mom – Danni Morford
Letters to My Child
Powerful letters written by a mother to her son, titled “Heavenly Birthday” and “My Closet”…
Articles
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MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Let the Guilt Go
Oh, the guilt. It’s a terrible burden. All the could’ves and should’ves. All the what-ifs and what-if-nots. All the mistakes and missed clues and second-guesses piled like rubbish inside of our brains and our hearts. We do the best we can when raising our children, but when things go wrong, every single thing we’ve ever done—every word, every action, every thought, every look—becomes fodder for the fire of maternal guilt.
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MomPower Mom – Sarah McDade
Support Comes in Many Forms: Did I Need It?
It wasn’t support that I was seeking when I realized my son was mixed up with mind-altering drugs, including alcohol. I just wanted professionals to help him because my methods weren’t working. I found myself flailing around in the medical community unsuccessfully seeking out treatment. It was an off-the-cuff remark by a counselor many months into my search that led me to Caron Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania.
Guest MomPower Mom – Dani Morford
Letters to My Child
Powerful letters written by a mother to her son, titled “Heavenly Birthday” and “My Closet”.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
No More Shame, No More Silence
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.
Guest MomPower Mom – Alex Alba
Learning the Same Language
Our daughter’s addiction story lasted approximately ten years, though none of us understood the nature of the beast until almost the end. Her behaviors changed slowly. We rationalized, we were confused, and we were tolerant in a helpless way.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
We Have The Power
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.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Addiction is a Disease, Not a Disgrace
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…
Guest MomPower Mom – Nancy Downing
Staying in My Lane
A wonderful fellow Nar-Anon member has shared a great analogy for working our own program and staying out of the way of our addicted children, who are finding their own paths. She says that, just as when she is driving her car, she needs to “stay in my own lane”…
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Where Love and Addiction Meet
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…
MomPower Mom – Katie Donovan
You Are Not Alone – Getting Support
When my daughter Brittany was about five years into her disease, I remember my husband calling me one morning, asking if I could take the garbage out to the curb, as he had forgotten. Now, on any “normal” day, this is no big deal, right?…
MomPower Mom – Sarah McDade
So Counter-Intuitive
It was easy parenting. As a child and into his teen years, he was so full of life, so excited about every new discovery. His enthusiasm was a delight to behold. It was obvious to me, his mother, that I had been looking at life through a different set of lenses…
MomPower Mom – Maureen Cavanagh
Addiction is a Family Disease
We’ve all heard the expression that “addiction is a family disease.” Growing up in a family where, more often than not, holidays, family gatherings, or just an ordinary Tuesday night ended in a drunken brawl, I swore I would not catch the family disease…
MomPower Mom – Julie Neale
Coping with the Family Disease of Addiction
The pain, tears, and mourning experienced because of a beloved addict often seem more than one can bear. It’s like facing death, yet not so final. In the case of the addict, we experience that pain again and again, each time a possible recovery turns into another downfall…
Podcasts
MomPower Moms – Katie Donovan & Maureen Cavanagh
Podcast – Taking Back Your Life
Hosts Maureen Cavanagh and Katie Donovan talk about the realities of life of moms with addicted children.
Episode 2: Fears, friendships and bathing suit season.
Episode 3: Grab some coffee, relax and come hang with us.
Episode 4: Grab some coffee, relax and come hang with us.
Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers
Shedding the Shame and Blame: A Mom’s Story of Love for Her Addicted Child and Her Healing Journey
Watch and listen in as Sandy Swenson—author, advocate and mom of an addicted child—shares her story and lived experiences with host William C. Moyers. Sandy talks about how understanding the distinction between her son and the disease enabled her to love her child and help him fight the disease of addiction.

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The Chasing Sanity Podcast
Listen in as Sandy Swenson — author of ‘The Joey Song: A Mothers Story of Her Son’s Addiction’, ‘Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children’ and the ‘Reading for Moms with Addicted Children’ app — chats with the host of ‘The Chasing Sanity Podcast’, Derek Talkington about her story, her advocacy work, loving a child struggling with addiction, and turning pain into power.  Interview begins at minute 5:14.
MomPower Mom – Cathy Taughinbaugh
Love, Hope and Recovery
Creator of the ‘Rise Up Mom’s Support Club’, ‘Treatment Talk’ parent coaching (CRAFT) and blog, and works with ‘Partnership for Drug Free Kids’.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Mother’s Day: Together We Are Stronger
Videos
MomPower Mom – Julie Neale
Discovering Her Son’s Addiction – The Family Disease of Addiction
Head of Distribution and Creative Collaborator for the documentary ‘ASK: Can Love Survive Addiction’. Co-Producer for the film ‘Normie’.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
To Be The Mom of An Addicted Child
An interview with Sandy Swenson by the creators of ‘ASK: Can Love Survive Addiction and Co-Dependency?’ documentary.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Being the Mom of an Addict