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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
Necesidad de algo más

Necesidad de algo más

​             Mi esposo y yo acabamos de celebrar 42 años de matrimonio. Tenemos un hijo juntos y tengo una hija extra que tenía 4 años cuando nos casamos. Mi hijo siempre fue espontáneo y le encantaba ir rápido en karts y vehículos todo...

Needing something more

Needing something more

​             My husband and I just celebrated 42 years of marriage.  We have one child together – a son – and I have a bonus daughter who was 4 years old when we got married. My son was always spontaneous and loved going fast on go karts...

Finding my recovery path

Finding my recovery path

​            My husband and I have three adult children.  We’re a typical family. I was a stay-at-home mom, I volunteered at each of my children’s schools through the years, we were active in our church, we took family vacations, we cheered...

The View from Recovery

Articles by People in Recovery
Vivir en gracia, perdón

Vivir en gracia, perdón

​​​​ Mientras trabajaba intensamente en mi afán por mantenerme intoxicado, perdido en mi enfermedad, muchas personas importantes quedaron atrás recogiendo los pedazos que tan imprudentemente había roto en mi camino. Últimamente, he notado que estaba reflexionando...

Living in grace, forgiveness

Living in grace, forgiveness

​​​​ While I labored intently in my single-minded zeal to stay intoxicated, lost in my disease, so many important individuals were left in the dust picking up the pieces I’d so recklessly broken along my path. Lately, I’ve noticed myself reflecting on this more than...

Encourage the process of healing

Encourage the process of healing

​​​​ Happy New Year! Here we are again, on the cusp of another new era – the next chapter of our lives ready to unfold with each passing day. I’d like to thank you all for being here with me on this journey - this dissection of days passed wherein I’ve mined both...

From Counselors

Articles by PAL and Partner Counselors
Is accepting the same as condoning?

Is accepting the same as condoning?

​         We talk often about acceptance in our PAL meetings. Acceptance is also spoken of frequently in substance use treatment programs as well as in AA meetings. On page 417 of the fourth edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous it says,...

¿Aceptación es lo mismo que aprobación?

¿Aceptación es lo mismo que aprobación?

​         Hablamos a menudo sobre la aceptación en nuestras reuniones de PAL. Sobre la aceptación también se habla con frecuencia en los programas de tratamiento del uso de sustancias, así como en las reuniones de AA. En la página 417 de la cuarta...

Only I can be responsible for my own happiness

Only I can be responsible for my own happiness

​         I will never forget the feelings of worry and fear that consumed me during the early years of my journey with my sons. Over time, I learned from my PAL facilitator and fellow PAL members that if I allowed those feelings to consume me, it...

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