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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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Beverly Conyers

Controlling Conflict

Ironically, the harder we fight for control, the more chaotic things can become.
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Carol Wilson

Unanswered Prayers

Life is a series of events that we have no control over, and that’s a blessing right there.
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Sandy Swenson

Where Love and Addiction Meet

We’re facing a disease that not even the professionals have figured out yet, while in a blind panic, running through the fires of hell with fears and dreams and parental instincts tripping us up.
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Pam Jones Lanhart

“I’m Done”

I have heard that phrase hundreds of times from parents who are at their wits end with their addicted loved one. I know the feeling.
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Sandy Swenson

The Blame Game

Addiction is a wily disease, a master at ensuring its own survival. We can behave in ways that won’t help it.
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Cathy Taughinbaugh

How Hope Can Get You Through

Some ideas to help you keep hope alive.
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Nancy Vericker

Riding Out The Storm

Families struggling with addiction know the storm—they know loss and know life can unravel in a split second.
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Beverly Buncher

Go Within to Find Your Peace

The spiritual work we have done up until now has been practice for the real inner work we must do now to keep our balance in these life and death times.
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Susan Burrowes

A Steep Climb for Relationships

Figuring out how to help each other while figuring out how to help our children.
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Danni Morford

A Beloved Son, an Addiction, and an Honest Obituary

When Travis died from an overdose at the age of twenty-five, it was important to keep telling the truth, even in his obituary.
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Marilea C Rabasa

Love Them Like It Is Your Last Day Together!

I have done my best to reach my daughter. And whether or not I’ve been successful, I can rest easy knowing that she knows, if nothing else, that she is loved.
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Joanne Richards

Dear Mom, Will You Do This For Me?

I cannot do this for you, will you do this for me?
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Pam Jones Lanhart

A Heart of Peace

What if we could begin to understand that recovery is not only possible but probable? What if love and kindness really can change outcomes?
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Nancy Downing

The Prodigal Son: It’s Not the One You Think

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

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

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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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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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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Victoria Stith

The Power of Unconditional Love

Love and acceptance—no matter what—are powerful gifts to bestow.
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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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