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Read stories and insights from parents and experts in addiction recovery. Everyone has a story, and by sharing, we can empower each other, and find paths forward – together.

A Parent’s Story

Articles by Parents Like You
Finding a path to wholeness

Finding a path to wholeness

          We are a family of five, one girl and two boys.  We recently welcomed two grandchildren. All three of our children did a good job toeing the line through high school and we enjoyed most of their teenage years. Looking back, I could...

PAL brought me back to life

PAL brought me back to life

            I have two boys and two beautiful granddaughters. Chris, my oldest, has always been incredibly intelligent, even as a small baby. He did everything early: he talked in sentences before he was a year old, he crawled by the time...

PAL made all the difference

PAL made all the difference

                I am married to a wonderful husband of 18 years, and we have one girl, two boys, two granddaughters and one grandson. My son, Cooper, was always active as a child. There was never a dull moment. He would make you...

The View from Recovery

Articles by People in Recovery
Falling down is inevitable, staying there is not

Falling down is inevitable, staying there is not

​​​​   The greatest achievements and accomplishments I’ve experienced have come at the cost of what felt like endless discomfort. Despite the insight I’ve gained over the years into this phenomenon, I still manage to occasionally lose sight and direction in the...

Letters from a decade in the future

Letters from a decade in the future

​​​​   Letters from a decade in the future You’ve been making mistakes and falling flat on your face for 12 years. You make the wrong choice in almost every circumstance and situation. You’ve struggled, suffered, and virtually let everyone in your life down a...

Journey to Sobriety…and Hope for Her Future

Journey to Sobriety…and Hope for Her Future

​​​​   IN HER OWN WORDS… As I sit on my bed alone, broken to the point of thinking I may not live, I still am not sure I can ever get sober, to be honest, I’m not even sure I want to. I start thinking that I have to do this, I have to do something, as I know the...

From Counselors

Articles by PAL and Partner Counselors
Is my life out of balance?

Is my life out of balance?

 In my counseling practice I often notice that when my clients are dealing with a loved one with substance use disorder, they tend to have the spotlight focused solely on their loved one and forget that they have a life of their own to live. Eventually, when self-care...

Crisis = Opportunity = Transformation

Crisis = Opportunity = Transformation

            With the new year upon us, tradition seems to suggest we look at things we would like to change in our lives. Although we certainly do not need to wait for a new year, if that is motivation, let’s seize it. For those who have...

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