A mother wrote to me: Things are better at the moment, but we have ups and downs. I am working on the “loving with detachment” issue. I spend hours each day trying to look at where I went wrong as a parent or what I should have done differently.
Yes, its true. Teenagers sometimes make poor choices. And its usually a horrible experience for the whole family. When it comes to using drugs and alcohol, it can ruin so many opportunities and experiences for our kids as they’re becoming adults. All of that is absolutely worthy of a parent’s attention, awareness and response. But […]
This excerpt is taken from a chapter of my memoir, The Los Angeles Diaries, which is dedicated to the memory of my sister and brother…My beautiful sister, in the beginning alcohol and drugs bring you relief. They give you courage and confidence and then slowly, over a period of years, they strip it all away and you spend your final years struggling to fill the emptiness that it’s left inside you…
When I asked my 17-year-old son if teens would rather text their friends than talk to their parents, he laughed and replied, Oh yeah. When I asked why, he said, Because parents just aren’t that interesting and friends are. In her article for the Utne Reader, Brenda Ueland writes, Don’t ask your poor children those […]
The Partnership welcomes author Joshua Lyon to Decoder. Joshua is the author of Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, a compelling and honest book about his painkiller addiction and the growing epidemic of Rx abuse among today’s youth. Were excited to be giving away a free copy of his book Pill Head- […]
The inspiration for “Overwhelmed” came to me in my second week of treatment. I was asked to create an autobiographical painting of my life at the time. I had two weeks sober, I hated life, I didn’t want to be sober, I didn’t want to be loaded.
Emergency room visits for underage alcohol use may nearly double during the Fourth of July weekend according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency visits. Results from an average day in July 2008 found that there were 502 emergency room visits involving underage alcohol use across […]