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A Parent’s Story

Articles by Parents Like You
I’m the one who needs help

I’m the one who needs help

My son was an athlete and very successful.  We spent countless hours together as he grew up, traveling the state for baseball tournaments, practices, and social functions; baseball was our life. I was a single dad doting on his every need as he was an only child and I...

The View from Recovery

Articles by People in Recovery
25 Million people can’t be wrong

25 Million people can’t be wrong

​​​ When looking at stark statistics these days, it can be easy to lose hope. So many souls lost to the disease of addiction – especially these days with the proliferation of fentanyl-based drugs littering our communities. And while it’s important to stay informed –...

A Taste of the Lifestyle

A Taste of the Lifestyle

​​ One of the great regrets of my life, at a certain time, was the effect I believed I had on my brother in my early days of addiction. While we can pontificate on the nature of this beast – the way addiction as a disease works and manifests itself in individuals – I...

Blaming someone else for my struggles

Blaming someone else for my struggles

​ In my disease I felt like life was unfair on a daily basis; that things were constantly “happening” to me with little provocation on my own part, and that I’d never be able to find peace or serenity as long as these outside forces continued to work against me. I...

From Counselors

Articles by PAL and Partner Counselors
Don’t quit before the miracle happens

Don’t quit before the miracle happens

​​ Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle. When parents attend their first meeting at PAL or any other support group, they often come in with a range of feelings and mindsets (denial, guilt, anger, etc.), but what all parents have in common when they reach out for...

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

​ It is natural for parents to respond when their children struggle. When parents become aware that their child is experiencing discomfort, they instinctively take steps to try and help. Whether the issue is with illness, emotional distress, financial problems,...

Detaching with love

Detaching with love

​ If you spend any time around addiction recovery circles you are bound to hear a lot of recovery lingo. Mottos, sayings, and acronyms abound - and for good reason. These sayings are tremendously wise and pack helpful tools and perspectives into short memorable...

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