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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Guest MomPower Mom – 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.
Guest MomPower Mom – 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.
MomPower Mom – 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.
MomPower Mom – 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?…
MomPower Mom – Katie Donovan
How to Preserve Your Marriage
We never seemed to be on the same page, which usually resulted in us arguing daily.
MomPower Mom – 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.
Guest MomPower Mom – 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.
Guest MomPower Mom – 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.

MomPower Mom – 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’.

MomPower Mom – 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

Guest MomPower Mom – 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.