My Sunshine

By
Melanie Reynolds
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

Addiction has shattered our family. We were strong, extremely close, and supportive. Then the rug was ripped out from underneath us. We never saw this coming. We never dreamed we would watch our beautiful girl turn her back on us. It has been devastating, heartbreaking, chaotic, and mind blowing. We've watched our daughter do things we never thought she would. Steal, lie, cheat, all to make a buck to get her fix. Accepting that I have no control over her addiction has been the hardest thing to accept.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Never give up hope! Together we can educate people and hopefully bring about change in the treatment options available to those suffering from addiction and their families. Let's end the stigma of addiction.

I rise up for my daughter, Andrea. A beautiful, talented young lady who, like so many other young people, was curious. This curiosity led to full blown addiction and has taken our family down a road we never thought we would be on. We will fight for Andrea until she is ready to fight for herself. I rise up for all parents who feel like there is nowhere to turn and feel like no one understands. I rise up for all the moms who feel helpless watching their child self-destruct. I rise up to bring a voice to what addiction really does to families. No more glossing things over! It's time to be honest about the devastation addiction brings to everyone it touches.