Acceptance

Acceptance

Let’s begin by borrowing what is fondly known as “the acceptance page” from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous. This excerpt comes from one of the personal stories of recovery. It is one of the most well-known and often cited paragraphs by those in recovery, and for good...
God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines

God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines

Dealing with addiction is scary, painful, and taxing on any family. Addiction is almost never expected, so most families don’t spend any time preparing for it. It’s as if you are moving through life normally and all of a sudden you find yourself in the middle of a...
Recovery is a journey

Recovery is a journey

For years I saddled myself with unrealistic expectations. Newly in recovery, I expected everything in my life to dramatically change the minute I was able to remain free from substances for more than five minutes. But as anyone who has struggled through the disease of...
How PAL has impacted our lives

How PAL has impacted our lives

We are parents of a 28-year-old son who struggles with alcohol abuse and mental illness that he was diagnosed with at a young age.  Over the years we have participated in various support groups, attended numerous educational programs, had family, individual and...
The gift of not feeling judged

The gift of not feeling judged

I have three adult children – two boys and one girl. I was married to their father for 18 years, who was an active alcoholic that entire time. Two of my children are married and have children. I have been happily married to my current husband for 20 years who also has...