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VOICES – All Those Soul-Crushing Feelings

Dear pillow, sorry for all the tears.

~ Anonymous
All Those Sould-Crushing Feelings - heart with bandaids
Marilea C Rabasa

Empty Nest

Feeling the empty nest.
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Lisa Hillman

Mother’s Day: Earning It

I had to learn that it was all about expectations and I had to let them go.
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Joanne Richards

A Way to Peace

There is no shortcutting this journey of healing. It takes deliberate choice and effort to cultivate inner peace and skills to put our love into helpful action and effective communication.
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Joyce Ferrie

Managing Grief Over the Years

Yes, the pain and emptiness is still here. I have accepted that it will always be with me. THIS is my new life. Accepting this was a major step in healing.
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Pattie Vargas

The Empty Seat

I may or may not have all my loved ones around this year. It’s another lesson in letting go—the empty seat is no reflection on me.
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Linda S Clare

Strong Shoulders

This kind of guilt is not pretty or, most of the time, warranted, but it is real. Moms who love their children deeply need strong family or friends to get through the terrible times.
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Joanne Richards

Beyond Fear: A Mother’s Path to Peace, Love, and Gratitude

How to tame the fear when the beast is our own child’s addiction.
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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.”
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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?
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Sandy Swenson

Let the Guilt Go

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.
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Lorelie Rozzano

Dear Mom: Don’t Lose Hope

Dear Mom, addiction has nothing to do with the love between a mother and child.
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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.”
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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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Victoria Stith

The Difference between Guilt and “Feeling Guilty”

Listen in as Victoria Stith shares techniques for recognizing and managing some very difficult emotions​.
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Sandy Swenson

Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers

Sandy Swenson talks with host William Moyers about how the distinction between her son and the disease changed everything.
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Julie Neale

Recovery: ‘The Tough Road’

We are called to love our children unconditionally, but the question became what does love look like in this situation, in dealing with someone in the throes of addiction?
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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.
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Sandy Swenson

Being the Mom of an Addict

Once upon I was just a regular mom. And then I had to figure out how to be the mom of an addict.
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