Personal Stories

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

7 Truths About My Son’s Addiction That Took 5 Years To Learn

We have come to accept these truths. Today it's much easier to deal with the heartache. We have become more effective at helping our son with his addiction.

My Son Is Caught in the Cycle of Patient Brokering

My son is a drug addict caught up in the vicious cycle of detox, treatment and relapsing perpetuated by the scheme of patient brokering. He's still in it.

Can You Grieve Someone While They’re Still Alive?

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.

If Love Alone Could Have Saved Me, It Would Have

Just because someone you love is struggling does not mean you did something wrong or you didn’t love them enough.

Everything My Parents Did To Get Me Addiction Treatment and Into Recovery

In my family, addiction was treated with the same love and affection as if I had suffered from any other potentially fatal illness.

Withdrawing from “Withdrawal”: The Language of Addiction Matters

We need to change language like junkie, addict, and alcoholic if we are to lessen the stigma and negativity that saturates the perception of drug addiction.

My Daughter Died From an Overdose. I’m Sharing Her Story to Help Others.

“Tell them my story.” My 20-year-old daughter Casey said these words to me not long before she died of an accidental heroin overdose on January 15, 2017.

Does Relapse Mean Failure?

For this father, it took time to learn that relapse can be a natural part of addiction recovery.

I See Myself in Every Young Person With Addiction. This Is What I Want Parents To Know.

Here are a few things I’d like parents to know so they can best help their child – and themselves – through treatment and recovery.

I Thought Addiction Was My Son’s Problem. But Addiction Is a Family Disease.

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.

To Parents Struggling with a Child’s Addiction: 3 Things I Want You to Know

Find out what Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, has learned from her daughter Christina's substance use disorder – including the importance of reaching out for help.

Where There Is Life, There Is Hope

At face value, they sound so simple. Just seven words strung together. But in taking a moment to step back and find perspective, they become so much more.

An Open Letter to My Son With Addiction

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.

My Story of Recovery From Stimulant Use

I am grateful for the responsibilities that life presents and, thanks to recovery, I am prepared to face them.

Thanks For Never Giving Up On My Struggle With Addiction, Dad.

Dear Dad, I am grateful for all that you have done during my addiction and continue to do for me. I would not be alive and well today if it weren’t for you.

Collaboration Helps You, Your Partner and Your Child

When it comes to a child using drugs or alcohol, collaboration with your co-parent is key.

I Wish I Had Learned to Listen Sooner

What do I wish I had done differently?

The Emotions I Experienced as the Parent of a Child With Addiction

After experiencing and acknowledging emotions brought about in parenting an addicted child, I believe that I will better cope with negative feelings that arise.

Detaching With Love: How I Learned to Separate My Son and His Addiction

Detach from the actions, crimes, drug use, and lying. Love and support the person inside, not the addiction controlling his life.

My Son’s Drug Addiction: What I Learned About Myself

Like many parents, I felt that my son's addiction was every bit of my problem as it was his. I didn't know what I was doing wrong.

Taking Action Against My Son’s Addiction

From honor student to nearly failing his freshman year, my son was on the fast-track to the dark side. Though he hadn't developed an addiction, he was well on his way.

6 Things My Husband and I Did to Save Our Marriage

Dealing with our daughter’s addiction was by far the most difficult and the most painful thing we have had to navigate together as a couple.

5 Things I Did After My Teen Was Caught Drinking

I was wracked with worry and felt guilty for not knowing that she was drinking alcohol in the first place. “How could I have missed it?!”

4 Lessons I Learned From Confronting My Teen With Addiction

When addiction hit my daughter, it was like a tornado hitting our home from the inside out. Learning to talk to her was like learning a different language.