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Personal Stories

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

We do not “consent” to the pain and misery, the shame and fear, the despair of addiction.
Substance use disorder is a family disease. I know how losing a brother can cause an irreversible ripple effect on the family.
I thought if I loved my son enough, he could recover. It took time to learn that he has a disease and that he needed help to manage it.
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.
I practice insurance coverage law and was not clear on my rights for substance use disorder insurance coverage when trying to help my son.
Our family suffered for years in silence through this horrific journey of my son's heroin addiction, but now we can speak of Ryan’s health problem out loud.
The typical college environment is not conducive to a life in recovery — until Timothy discovered his school’s collegiate recovery program.
It was like a light switch — I asked myself, “Where did my daughter go?” I found out it was substance use and mental health issues at the same time.
When you lose a child, your life changes forever. There will always be an emptiness, and a missing piece at the family gatherings.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays or anything that was special to our family — our son who was using drugs found a way to bring heartache to the occasion. Here are my tips for dealing with it.
I learned that addiction hijacks the brain's ability to make rational decisions — and that I didn't cause it, can't cure it and can't control it.
The detective said to me, “If we had a 911 Good Samaritan law or a Narcan law, your son might very well be alive.”
When your child is in recovery, they may need a medical or dental procedure where the standard pain treatment is opioids. Here's how to deal with it.
I am working on my own recovery, so I am properly able to support his.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
For this father, it took time to learn that relapse can be a natural part of addiction recovery.