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When The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

I witnessed my son's decline and felt helpless because I couldn't control his destructive behavior. As a parent, I'd lived my life protecting my child until I was pushed to the backseat when the disease of addiction took over. Read...
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Ask Erin: My Husband Is In Recovery, But I Can't Move Forward

I'm proud he's in recovery and that my kids now have a sober dad. But I'm so hurt at everything that has lead up to now. I don't know how to move past this. Read...
I’m proud of you right now, even with all the sadness. Image: Thinkstock.

A Letter To A Mom Friend Heading To Rehab

I’m proud of you right now, even with all the sadness. Proud of you for heading to rehab, leaving the kids, the man, the house — all of it — to get on top of things. Doing it instead of just thinking about it, talking about it even, hemming and hawing? That’s pretty badass.

We all need people who believe in us.

Loving Is Hard

How do you love someone who continually does things to hurt himself? I’ve been holding a phone with my stoned, sobbing brother on the other end for nearly 20 years. I keep picking up the pieces, keep having my heart break, because he’s my brother.


Because I Don't Want To Lose One More Friend To Drugs

Early Monday morning, while waiting to have blood drawn in my doctor’s office, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed. One friend had posted about feeling heartbroken.

Addiction to books? It's possible.

5 Helpful Tips For Overcoming Addiction

Here are a few ways you can do some inventory on your own behaviors and start dealing with addiction in a healing way.


7 Things I Learned In My First Year Of Recovery

I was relieved to know that my disease was just that — a dis-ease. It wasn’t bad willpower or morals — I had a three-fold disease of mind, body and spirit.

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Off The Cuff: When Retail Therapy Becomes Shopping Addiction

If you’re feeling uneasy about your shopping habits, listen to your gut. There’s no downside to examining your habits and trying to get to a healthier, happier place.