We invite you to a LIVE Facebook Chat: Mother and Son Share Lessons on Teen Drug Addiction

Join us for our monthly “Meet the Parents Hour,” a popular, LIVE Facebook Chat and Q&A session taking place this Friday, June 3 at 12 p.m. EDT/ 9 a.m. PDT, featuring Libby Cataldi and her son, Jeff Bratton.

Libby is the author of “Stay Close,” a memoir about her son’s addiction to heroin. During the years of Jeff’s addiction, Libby kept daily journals recounting her personal struggle.

These entries, combined with Jeff’s writings and other family interviews, became the foundation for her first-person account of how she ultimately learned what it meant to “stay close.”

“This is my story, our story; my son is a heroin addict. He wasn’t born this way, or maybe he was and the addiction was there, hiding, all throughout his childhood years,” Libby Cataldi writes in “Stay Close.”

Ask questions and participate as Libby and Jeff discuss both sides of addiction – from the perspectives of the parent and the child in recovery from substance abuse.

Joining the discussion is easy. It will take place within the comment thread under the photo of Libby and Jeff posted on our Facebook wall. Please make sure to REFRESH YOUR BROWSER THROUGHOUT THE CHAT to view all comments and questions.

Log on and share your voice…we want to hear from you!

—Your Friends at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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    Ron DeJohn

    June 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Hi Libby & Jeff,
    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I’ve met too many parents who have lost young people to drugs/alcohol, as did my sister, and realize there is nothing I can do but ask God to comfort you. I was personally asked by local superintendents and frightened parents to create a prevention program that would truly divert teens from falling into a similar fate. So, with the help of a few others we have developed what many believe is a very effective program, yet we are having a difficult time replacing many of the programs that have had little effect on the problem. Our program is The Graphic Truth You will understand why we are so passionate once you review our approach. If you have any suggestions on how we can develop support for our project and get serious about saving the lives of the next generation, we would be honored.
    Ron DeJohn

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