Personal Stories

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

Acceptance Doesn’t Mean Condoning a Loved One’s Addiction

Accepting that a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem doesn’t mean you condone it.

What Would You Have Done Differently if You Knew Your Child Was Struggling With an Addiction?

As parents of loved ones with a drug or alcohol addiction, how many times did we blow right through the warning signs as if they weren’t even there?

The Key to Dealing With My Son’s Addiction? Setting Boundaries for Myself

I have learned that there is a big difference between rules and boundaries. My misunderstanding of this before is a regret I live with every day.

Surviving and Thriving During the Holidays With a Child’s Addiction

How do you have fun or enjoy anything when someone you love is lost in their disease?

How I Cope with the Addiction in My Young Adult’s Life

I understand that there is truly only so much that I can do to save my daughter from addiction. Ultimately her recovery is between her and her Higher Power.

A Mother’s Love and Hate for Her Son With Addiction

Substance use turned this mother’s son from a normal 20-year-old to someone she no longer recognized.

My Parents Never Talked to Me About the Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol

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.