The life preserver was gone

The life preserver was gone

​​​​To this day, I vividly remember the calamity that was my life on a daily basis for so many years. The endless attempts to stay intoxicated – regardless of personal cost or consequence. Oblivious to the fact that the choices I made in these narcotic periods of haze...
I had to learn to accept the hard truths

I had to learn to accept the hard truths

​ When my son, Trevor, was 24, I had to come out of denial and admit he had an addiction. Trevor is my son with my first husband, Michael. Michael and I both struggled with drugs and alcohol. You may be thinking “No wonder he’s an addict.” Truth be told, with my...
Is Relapse Part of Recovery?

Is Relapse Part of Recovery?

​I would like to share some of the most common questions I receive about relapse. I will answer them from an overview perspective and in a general sense. Relapse is a big topic, with many variables that are case specific. I don’t think it can be covered thoroughly in...
Being Uncomfortable to Grow

Being Uncomfortable to Grow

Sometimes We Have to Get Uncomfortable in Order to Grow Having a child with an addiction can create a lot of chaos and discomfort in a family. Most people who find themselves reading this blog will know this from first-hand experience. Participation in a parent...
Progress Not Perfection

Progress Not Perfection

Progress Not Perfection Parents come to PAL or other support groups usually after suffering a tremendous amount of stress, fear and struggle. Once they reach this point of defeat, they seek support, and what they usually find is that their awareness grows quickly and...