VOICES – Self Care and Support

There’s truth to the old adage If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy. But the one that says You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child, is false. The truth is, I can be as happy as I allow myself to be. And so, I choose happiness.

~ Sandy Swenson, Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children
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Beverly Conyers

Giving Thanks

When someone we love is in the throes of addiction, it can be hard to remember that we have much to be thankful for.
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Joanne Richards

Gratitude is Our Super Power

Gratitude is always just a thought away, always available for us.
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Katie Donovan

How to Preserve Your Marriage

We never seemed to be on the same page, which usually resulted in us arguing daily.
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Cathy Taughinbaugh

Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First: Self-Care

Dealing with a child struggling with addiction can be an emotional, physical, and financial drain. Here are some suggestions to help in dealing with the stress.
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Nancy Downing

Staying in My Lane

A great analogy for working our own program and staying out of the way of our addicted children, who are finding their own paths: stay in my own lane.
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Sarah McDade

Support Comes in Many Forms: Did I Need It?

It wasn’t support I was seeking when my son became mixed up with drugs and alcohol. I just wanted professionals to help him because my methods weren’t working.
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Nancy Downing

Tidying Up and the Twelve Steps

We are embarrassed to let others see our messes. However, they will never go away unless we find the courage to face them.
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Kathleen Pooler

When Love is Not Enough Hope Steps In

As important as love is—everything really—it isn’t enough to stop someone from drinking or doing drugs. But it does allow us to let them find their own personal power.
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Sarah McDade

Worry Buttons: Do They Serve a Purpose?

Worrying robs us of enjoying the only time we have: the present. I really prefer to disconnect my worry button. It’s had a lot of use. It’s worn out.
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Katie Donovan

You Are Not Alone – Getting Support

My husband called one morning, asking if I could take the garbage out to the curb, because he’d forgotten. Now, on any normal day, this is no big deal, right?…
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Victoria Stith

An Antidote to the Stress Response

Help for those times when coping with an addicted child pushes your stress level to the limit.
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Cathy Taughinbaugh

Love, Hope and Recovery

Creator of the ‘Rise Up Mom’s Support Club’, ‘Treatment Talk’ parent coaching (CRAFT) and blog, and works with ‘Partnership for Drug Free Kids’.
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Sandy Swenson

Mother’s Day: Together We Are Stronger

As Mother’s Day nears, our tender hearts seem to become even more so. As moms with addicted children, this day doesn’t feel or look the way it’s supposed to.
Mother's Day: Together We Are Stronger We can find strength and comfort in each other—and in the enduring blessing that is motherhood. And we can celebrate that. Posted by Sandy Swenson on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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Victoria Stith

The Opposite of Love: Understanding Unhealthy Attachments and How to Move Forward

It’s hard to allow our addicted loved ones to live their own lives…..but the truth is, they are doing it anyway. Learn ways to change unhealthy attachment behaviors.
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Libby Cataldi

You Are Not Alone

Author of Stay Close, Libby and her son Jeff speak about the shame and guilt surrounding his fourteen year heroin addiction, and his ultimate sobriety. Special thanks to Schoolhouse Farmhouse Studio.
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