VOICES – Pain Into Purpose
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.
What if we could begin to understand that recovery is not only possible but probable? What if love and kindness really can change outcomes?
Let us not go through life as do-gooders with sourpuss hearts. Let us live joyfully with grateful hearts.
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.
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.
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…
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.