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Personal Stories

Get advice and perspective from families who have also been impacted by substance use or addiction.

I think of that “click” I made on Partnership to End Addiction’s website as a light switch I found while stumbling in the dark. It shed light on a new path for our family that I will be forever grateful for.
When someone – including a teenager – gets treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, it is standard practice to identify some of the reasons why they started using and the benefits they feel they get from these substances.
Through the parent coach program, I had learned how to care for me and how to live life again. Missing that call didn’t change anything, and it certainly didn’t make it any less devastating.
I attribute the gift of starting my recovery journey almost entirely to my family.
I am but one of tens of millions of incredible recovery stories. Let’s find yours.
Our daughter’s addiction, and newly found recovery, added to the family tension during the holidays. Here's how we learned to cope.
After treatment, the main question is usually, “What now?” As a young person in recovery myself, I might not be able to tell you what to expect — but I feel I can at least tell you what not to expect.
There is no other word but grief when your child is lost in the haze of drug addiction. But your child is still there. There are paths to hope.
Just because someone you love is struggling does not mean you did something wrong or you didn’t love them enough.
In my family, addiction was treated with the same love and affection as if I had suffered from any other potentially fatal illness.
When my son became addicted, I embarked on a journey to learn about preventing and treating this disease. I wish I knew then what I know now.
The path to recovery is difficult. But please know you are not walking alone in addiction– hands of help are reaching out to you with your every step.
Alcohol and drug use was an issue we never talked about in my family. It wasn’t too long before I found myself dealing with addiction.