Join Melissa Gilbert for LIVE Facebook Chat and Insights on Recovery and Parenting

Hi, I’m Melissa Gilbert.

I’m the national spokesperson for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and you probably know me best as Laura on “Little House on the Prairie.” I’m still acting, and I’m also an author, a mother and, most importantly, a person in recovery from alcohol abuse. I’m very excited to be taking part in this month’s “Meet the Parents Hour.” This is a LIVE Facebook Chat and Q&A session, taking place on Thursday, July 28 at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT.

I know the toll addiction takes on families. I experimented with drugs as a young adult, but I was not overwhelmed by my own addiction until I was married and a mother. In my first book, Prairie Tale: A Memoir, I describe how one of my blackouts convinced me that I needed help with my drinking.

Today, nearly seven years later, my job is to let parents know that this organization is here for them, and that I’m here because I get it. I’ve been there on every side. I was the kid. Now I’m the parent.

And I’m here to let them know that they’re not alone. Knowing that I am not alone is the foundation of my sobriety.

Please join me and Johanna Bos, a parent support specialist here at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, as I share my journey to sobriety, answer questions and offer insights to parents who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues in their own families. I look forward to chatting with you.

To take part, just go to the comment thread under my photo on the Facebook wall of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Please be sure to REFRESH YOUR BROWSER throughout the chat. (That’s key!) There, you can view all comments and questions throughout the hour.

All my best and we will connect on Thursday.

—Melissa, National Spokesperson

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    July 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I have stories. I’m 18. I’m not a parent. I grew up around alcohol, drugs and violence. My life is better, it turned around when I was 13. 🙂 I help and talk to my friends who went through what I did with my family. Melissa Gilbert is just amazing. 🙂 i love the fact that she shares what she does not have to. She chooses to help people. I admire her so much!

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    lillye smith

    January 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I admire anyone who is accountable for things done in their life. It takes complete honesty within ourselves to admit addition. Once we are honest with our self than we show the strength inside to take a stand against this disease and make a difference not only to ourselves but to others we may have effected.

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    January 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    She is really a beautiful person inside out. I’ve been watching Blood Vows obsessively On Demand and came across this on accident, had no idea about her addiction, my Mom will celebrate 21 yrs sobriety and it’s just incredible! But I must say I love Mel

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    julie shaw

    August 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    I just caught the video presentation by Melissa Gilbert and just want to say Bravo and thank you for coming forward and bringing this information to parents but also to anyone who is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse; I am a clinician and wish that there were more of these testimonials by celebs and other people who have this addiction in common with so many others; family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. It is vital to provide this information in order to raise awareness. And to dispell the myth that it can happen to anyone, even a childhood star who I used to watch on Little House and watching her grow and mature into a wonderful person. It is refreshing to see that celebs like her have the courage to come forward and share their own addictions. Thank you and hoping that more will come forward like her.

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