The Miracle of Recovery

  (This blog was first posted on my blogspot at addiction.com)   This morning my friend Archie sent me a very special email, announcing that he and his wife, Liz, just signed papers for their first house. New-home ownership is a thrill for anyone, but especially so for Archie — such a scenario would’ve once been impossible […]

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Proof That Addiction Runs in Families?

      I received an email yesterday from a gentleman with the same last name. “I read your book,” Gary Stoefen told me. He also shared with me that he too had a daughter who’d suffered from addiction. Sadly, the outcome for their family was different than it was for ours. After three years […]

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Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned From Drug Addicts

        This article was first published on my blogspot at addiction.com   Twenty-five years ago a runaway NY Times bestseller took America by storm. Titled, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” author Robert Fulghum enchanted his readers with new insights on everyday living. He explored the profound wisdom of […]

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Recovery Today Magazine – article

                    I’m thrilled to have an article published today in the April issue of Recovery Today Magazine. You can click here to download a free copy of the entire digital version of the magazine, or read the article below. A Very Fine House I often tell […]

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Let’s Talk About Addiction

      This article was first published on my new blog spot at addiction.com     I’m the mother of a drug addict. I can’t tell how long it took me to say those words. I’m grateful beyond description that Annie has now achieved sustained recovery, but when in active addiction, the word “addict” didn’t really roll […]

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Jail… the Ultimate Time Out for Addiction

“Mom! You’ve got to get me out of here!” I remember my daughter saying exactly this the very first time she was booked into our county jail. Heartsick that her meth addiction had come to this, I wrestled with what to do. I wanted to fix things for Annie, and help right her wrongs. Isn’t […]

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Podcast: Addiction in “A Very Fine House”

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dave Cooke at 100 Pedals. This is a nonprofit organization providing educational support and resources for parents and families with loved ones in the throes of addiction. Dave is also author of Behind the Dumpster, a memoir about his journey through his son’s heroin addiction. Dave and I talked about […]

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National #DrugFacts Week

    This next week is National #DrugFacts Week. Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), this is a movement to raise awareness about drugs of abuse. And you’re in for some surprises. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest as I post #drugfacts each day. Please share what you learn within […]

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Empty Seat At The Table

For most of us, the Holidays are steeped in warmth and tradition, and are spent sharing meals and exchanging gifts with family and friends. Yet for those of us who love a child in the throes of addiction, this time of year is often a source of pain. We grieve the child, or children who […]

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Drug Court – Rehabilitation Not Incarceration

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at our local Family Drug Court Graduation ceremony. With a demanding speaking schedule earlier in the day, I arrived at the Deschutes County Courthouse frazzled and anxious. But as the gallery filled with the friends and families of the graduates, some of whom I knew, my anxiety yielded […]

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