I’d love to tell my mom that I understand how much shame she’s feeling. I want to tell her how her drinking affects me. But it's hard.
I celebrated 10 years sober in November 2020. My dad has more than 35 years under his belt.
Within a week I had a prescription for Suboxone and access to support meetings. The doctor’s office called often to check in. I realized that maybe I could hang on.
This will be my fourth Mother’s Day without my son, Jason. I often reflect on the past at this time of year.
Realizing this is heartbreaking, and no one knows that reality more than a mom who has lost a child to substance use disorder.
Lyndsey felt ashamed, judged, and trapped by the stigma surrounding addiction for 9 long years—and so did we.
Without my recovery, I wouldn’t have been able to be there for my mom when she was sick and needed me.
Awareness is important. But compassionately sounding the alarm when someone needs help is a critical next step.
President Biden and I have something big in common: We’re both fathers who’ve coped with a son’s addiction.
For me, Valentine’s Day is about so much more than candy hearts and silly cards. This day gives me the opportunity to celebrate someone who is always celebrating me: My loving husband, Mike.
Tony always searched for his purpose. Now I know that purpose lives on in me.
I once read that forgiveness is “giving up the hope that the past could be different.”
Stigma is a powerful enemy. But we have something much more powerful. That's love.
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