VOICES – Pain Into Purpose

I can hold a hand, lend an ear, and watch over with care. For them. For me. But also, in honor of my child. Addiction has hacked my child from my life, but he will be with me every step of the way as I move forward.

Sandy Swenson, Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children
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Sarah McDade

Can One Person Make a Difference?

One by one by one—and then it spreads.
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Danni Morford

Letters to My Child

Powerful letters written by a mother to her son, titled “Heavenly Birthday” and “My Closet”.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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The Chasing Sanity Podcast

Sandy Swenson chats with host Derek Talkington about her story and advocacy work, loving a child struggling with addiction, and turning pain into power. Interview begins at minute 5:14.
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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”.
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