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VOICES – A Devastating Disease

My child is sick—and the brain that is sick is the very same one that must do the work to get well—so this isn’t a time for me to be timid. I can change the way addiction is perceived. I can stop it from creeping ever forward in the darkness.

~ Sandy Swenson, Readings for Moms of Addicts app
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Lisa Frederiksen

Using the Power of the Brain to Treat Substance Use Disorder

Understanding this is one of the most important things moms can do.
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Susan Burrowes

Covid-19 and Caring for Our Addicted Teens

Helping your teen is hard, and even harder during these unprecedented times.
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Beverly Conyers

Eight Reasons Why Detachment Is Good for Your Addicted Loved One

Detachment is neither unloving nor unkind. It’s simply accepting the fact that we can’t live our loved ones’ lives for them.
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Linda S Clare

Tweaking the Pandemic

The novel coronavirus has halted American life, spreading anxiety, panic and even death. We who love those with substance use disorder live this way almost all the time.
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Cathy Taughinbaugh

The Proven Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatments

Buprenorphine and methadone work. They save lives and increase recovery rates. Period.
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Pattie Vargas

I’m an Expert in Rearview Wisdom

Everything a parent learns, they learn the hard way. There’s help out there, but you don't know what you don't know.
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Pattie Vargas

The Ringmaster in the Family Circus

When there’s an addict in your family, they quickly become the ringmaster. They don’t ask for that role; we promote them to it.
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Teresa Shaffer

The Power of Denial

Let us not go through life as do-gooders with sourpuss hearts. Let us live joyfully with grateful hearts.
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Libby Cataldi

Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate

I’ve given up trying to ferret out why one son is an addict and the other isn’t. I now spend my time learning about how best to support my son’s recovery.
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Maureen Cavanagh

Addiction is a Family Disease

Growing up in a family where holidays, family gatherings, and ordinary Tuesday nights often ended in a drunken brawl, I swore I would not catch the family disease.
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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.
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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…
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Alex Alba

Learning the Same Language

Our daughter’s addiction lasted about ten years, though we didn’t understand the nature of the beast until almost the end. We rationalized, we were confused, and we were tolerant in a helpless way.
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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, I am able to see addiction through my eyes and his.
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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.”
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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.
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Lisa Frederiksen

Puberty, Risk Taking, and Substance Use

Thanks to puberty, “just say no” can be difficult for teens and tweens.
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Julie Neale

Can Better Mothering Prevent Addiction?

We question where we went wrong—If only I had been more aware. If only I had done more, or done less. The list is endless.
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Julie Neale

The Cycle of Addiction and Codependency

Are you confused about co-dependency? Julie Neale shares her wise words.
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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.
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