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...
We truly aren’t alone

We truly aren’t alone

We have three children. Our oldest two – a daughter, 37, and a son, 35 – are college graduates and excelled in sports and academics.  Our youngest son, Jason, is 26. He came along much later after the first two and it was like raising an only child.  He always had a...
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...