What inspired me to write “Secret No More”

What inspired me to write “Secret No More”

When addiction first crept into our household 11 years ago, I started keeping a journal. Retreating to clean white paper became my refuge. The blank pages stared back, non-judgmental and welcoming. On their unvarnished surface I poured out my anguish, fear, confusion and shame. It was the only place – until many years later – …

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“Beautiful Boy”

“Beautiful Boy”

Before it slipped away to another town, my husband and I caught “Beautiful Boy” at our local movie theater.  It was a weekday.  Only two other couples occupied seats. Based on David Sheff’s wrenching memoir about his son’s drug use, the film is equally wrenching to watch.  Anyone who has read the book knows the …

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Seeking absolution

Seeking absolution

When a child falls prey to addiction, when does a parent stop asking, what did I do wrong?  What did I do, or not do, to cause this?  When does self-incrimination end and absolution begin? Maybe it takes years.  Or maybe, never. Recently, Jacob was invited to address a large AA meeting in south Florida.  …

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