Addiction is NOT a CRIME

You heard me correctly. It has taken me a long time to come to this conclusion, so I understand if it sounds completely foreign, especially if you haven’t seen addiction’s anti-linear path up close. After all, many crimes announced on the news, are followed with the unspoken tone of: ‘Oh and by the way’; “HeContinue reading “Addiction is NOT a CRIME”

“When Will She Finally Get It?”

Guest posting with Sean Dustin In addition to being the mom of a person with substance use disorder, I happen to be a nurse who works in recovery of a different nature. I work most often with girls in residential treatment of eating disorders. One day, a worried Mom called and asked, “My daughter hasContinue reading ““When Will She Finally Get It?””

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”

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”

I Don’t Want to Sit by a Heroin Addict

These are the words I heard echo from a co-worker during a meeting today.  She was talking about a client who didn’t want to go to a place of business in case he had to sit by a heroin addict. If I was financially independent, I would have stood up and said: (well- yelled, “ThereContinue reading “I Don’t Want to Sit by a Heroin Addict”

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”

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