Guest MomPower Mom – Lisa Frederiksen
Is there an ACE card in your family?
Adverse childhood experiences—or ACEs, also referred to as childhood trauma—are among the key risk factors for developing addiction. The other risk factors are early use (before age twenty-one), mental illness, social environment, and genetics.
MomPower Mom – Julie Neale
The Struggle to Be Right-Sized In Your Addict’s Life
My first response was denial. One would think I knew better considering the family I came from, but as Melody Beattie says, “Denial is the shock absorber for the soul.”
Guest MomPower Mom – Kathleen Pooler
When Love is Not Enough Hope Steps In
As important as love is—everything really—it isn’t enough to stop someone from drinking or doing drugs. But it does allow us to let them find their own personal power.
MomPower Mom – Julie Neale
The Cycle of Addiction and Codependency
“I became obsessed with him: where he was, how he was, and what he was doing. I was in so much pain that I tried to learn everything I could about addiction.”
Guest MomPower Mom – Nancy Downing
Tidying Up and the Twelve Steps
We are embarrassed to let others see our messes. However, they will never go away unless we find the courage to face them.
Guest MomPower Mom – Libby Cataldi
Two Sides of Addiction: Mother and Child
Today, my son is healthy and a contributing member of society, and every day I am grateful. Today, he and I talk about addiction with clarity and compassion. Today, I am able to see addiction through my eyes and his.
MomPower Mom – Cathy Taughinbaugh
Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First: Self-Care
Dealing with a child struggling with addiction can be an emotional, physical, and financial drain. Here are some suggestions to help in dealing with the day-in and day-out stress of my child’s substance use issues.
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Let the Guilt Go
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.
Guest MomPower Mom – Dani Morford
Letters to My Child
Powerful letters written by a mother to her son, titled “Heavenly Birthday” and “My Closet”.
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
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…
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 – Sarah McDade
So Counter-Intuitive
It was obvious to me, his mother, that I had been looking at life through a different set of lenses.
MomPower Mom – Julie Neale
Coping with the Family Disease of Addiction
The pain and mourning experienced because of a beloved addict often seem more than one can bear. It’s like facing death, yet not so final.
MomPower Mom – Sarah McDade
Can One Person Make a Difference?
One by one by one—and then it spreads.
Guest MomPower Mom – Lorelie Rozzano
Dear Mom: Don’t Lose Hope
Dear Mom, addiction has nothing to do with the love between a mother and child.
MomPower Mom – Sarah McDade
The Gift of No Shame
Who carries shame in the world of addiction? Is it the sick one or families, or both? What does shame feel like? And how can you find the gift of NO SHAME?
Guest MomPower Mom – Susan Burrowes
A Future You
“It’s your last chance,” the therapist had warned us. “She’s sixteen. Soon you won’t be able to make decisions about her health.”
MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Judge Not
The truth is, the only enemy is the disease of addiction itself. Only the disease needs to be destroyed, not people, which, too often, is the result of harsh judgment.
MomPower Mom – Katie Donovan
How to Preserve Your Marriage
We never seemed to be on the same page, which usually resulted in us arguing daily.
Guest MomPower Mom – Libby Cataldi
Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate
I have spent a lot of time trying to ferret out why one son is an addict and the other isn’t, but I’ve given that up. I now spend my time learning about how best to support my son through his recovery.
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.
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.
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.
Guest MomPower Mom – Nancy Downing
Staying in My Lane
A great analogy for working our own program and staying out of the way of our addicted children, who are finding their own paths: stay in my own lane.
MomPower Mom – Katie Donovan
You Are Not Alone – Getting Support
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 – Maureen Cavanagh
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.
Guest MomPower Mom – Victoria Stith
The Difference between Guilt and “Feeling Guilty”
Listen in as Victoria Stith shares techniques for recognizing and managing some very difficult emotions​.
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—talks about how the distinction between her son and the disease enabled her to help him fight the disease of addiction.
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’.

Guest MomPower Mom – Victoria Stith
Pain vs Suffering
As the mom of an addicted child, is it possible to find peace of mind and freedom from suffering? Listen in as Victoria Stith tells you how.
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The Chasing Sanity Podcast
Listen in as Sandy Swenson 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 – Sandy Swenson
Mother’s Day: Together We Are Stronger

Mother’s Day: Together We Are Stronger

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

MomPower Mom – Sandy Swenson
Being the Mom of an Addict

Maureen Cavanagh
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MomPower Mom – Maureen Cavanagh
Rise Above The Noise
For every child struggling with addiction, let’s show them we are people who care. A beautiful music video with Maureen Cavanagh and her daughter, based on her book, “If You Love Me”.
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 – 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 – Julie Neale
The Cycle of Addiction and Codependency
Are you confused about co-dependency? Julie Neale shares her wise words.