The Dream

“What exactly seems to be the problem????” I could hear the words echo like a child’s faraway pleading… “Why, God?? Why can you part an entire sea of water but you can’t seem to fix my “little” problem.” I spouted the accusations into the air like a thick plume of smog… I felt the searingContinue reading “The Dream”


You WANT so desperately to believe them… You NEED to believe them…. Your SANITY and PEACE depend on believing them…Not to mention your ability to get a good night’s sleep….Just for tonight… Until you are lying there and the realization Hits you…. You’ve been bamboozled again…You’ve become addictions 550 million- possibly- billionth second-hand victim ofContinue reading “Bamboozled”

Staying in The Moment

At my job, we teach staying in the present as a coping skill.The last few weeks and months seem to have a lot of minds busy with turbulence & unrest… One of the things I’ve learned most about helping people in duress is to bring them back to the moment. “Grounding” is the new term.Continue reading “Staying in The Moment”

Does It Matter?

Guest blog shared by Laura Swank Is it a disease?Or is it just a choice?Does it even matter,Since I can’t hear your voice? Now the pressures off,You don’t have to fight,But when the day is done,And I close my eyes at night… What could you have been?What could you have done?Is what I think about,WhenContinue reading “Does It Matter?”

What if They Never Get Better?

Guest blog- Ed Brazell That is a question that families don’t really want to ask themselves. It’s usually a question asked out of frustration and after a long time of battling family addiction. Followed by: “I’ve done everything I know to do.” Lately I have been thinking about this question and it is very troubling.Continue reading “What if They Never Get Better?”

Breathe- Just Breathe

“Breathe, just breathe”. That’s what I constantly hear myself saying these days. In this political climate of the world today, it’s SO easy to find yourself in a sudden moment of anger, shock, and surprise at any and every new development. It’s hard not to react and retort with a knee- jerk response. It’s hardContinue reading “Breathe- Just Breathe”

The Casualties Of Addiction

ƛԼԼ ƖƝ ƬӇЄ ƊƛƳ ƠƑ ƛ ԼƖƑЄ The little girl with the shy smile, came over to me, standing in the kitchen. Her sticky fingers grabbed my hands and led me to the dining room table where the family was singing Happy Birthday to her soon to be little sister. She sat in the tallContinue reading “The Casualties Of Addiction”

A Simple Driveway

ᎳhᎽ ᏆhᎥs ᏢᎥᏟᏆuᏒᎬ mᎪᎠᎬ ᏆhᎥs mᎪmᎪ ᏟᏒᎽ It looks like just a house. Some cement. A fence A few trees But it’s more than that to me. To me, this house represents success. It’s represents hope. It represents forward motion. It gives hope to a sense of normalcy again. It screams “Please validate me evenContinue reading “A Simple Driveway”

Give Me Back My Son

ƛ͙ Ɗ͙ƛ͙Ƴ͙ Ɩ͙Ɲ͙ Ƭ͙Ӈ͙Є͙ LƖ͙Ƒ͙Є͙ Sunday: I’m at work, passing medications- the irony. 10:15 text- hey mom, is there any way you could help me out? I don’t get paid until tomorrow and I borrowed $100 from a friend to cover rent. 10:16 hi son, nice to hear from you. I could buy you someContinue reading “Give Me Back My Son”

Rice on White

ƛ͙ Ɗ͙ƛ͙Ƴ͙ Ɩ͙Ɲ͙ Ƭ͙Ӈ͙Є͙ LƖ͙Ƒ͙Є͙ As much as I dislike the title, it is what it is. Time to make do and find the hidden rainbow right? There didn’t seem to be ANY rainbows to be found as I stared down at the floor full of rice. I was at work and had just ranContinue reading “Rice on White”

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