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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
One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

​ My family photos on social media are like most everyone else’s.  You know the kind with the perfect family, great setting and well dressed.  I’ve been married for 42 years to my amazing wife, and we have two children, two grandchildren and another on the way....

No Longer Letting the Chaos be in Control

No Longer Letting the Chaos be in Control

a​ I’m a PAL mom.  I am married and have two children – a son and a daughter. My son was always on the go 24/7. He was never a sit-around-the-house child.  He loved sports - at some point, he played just about every sport.  From an early age, he was smart. He excelled...

Intentional about taking care of myself

Intentional about taking care of myself

​ My oldest child was a great kid and a model teenager. He was smart, kind, responsible, polite and hard-working. I regularly received compliments about what a fine young man he was. I was so proud of him and considered him a product of good Christian parenting and...

The View from Recovery

Articles by People in Recovery
Spending Christmas all alone

Spending Christmas all alone

​​​​ Almost nine years ago during this holiday season my journey of recovery began in earnest. There were a lot of stops and starts along the way (several pitfalls that I fell into), but 2014 saw me in the most physically and mentally broken I’d ever been. Liver...

This is only temporary…

This is only temporary…

​​​​ I’ve been exhausted lately. Over the years I had forgotten how tough it can be to get acclimated to a newborn’s sleep schedule – those early morning hours where you just drift off in peaceful slumber only to be jolted awake moments later by a seemingly endlessly...

The story can have a happy ending

The story can have a happy ending

​​​​ I’m currently writing this post from the second floor of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona – the postpartum maternity ward to be exact. We welcomed our son Kaehler into the world. Needless to say, we’re overjoyed to finally have him here with...

From Counselors

Articles by PAL and Partner Counselors
Drama-Free Holidays

Drama-Free Holidays

​            Journal entry December 25, 2011: “I’m not sure I would have had children if I knew I would have to endure a day like today.” Can you relate to this? There was a time when I would have been too ashamed to share that with you. Since...

Am I being Manipulated?

Am I being Manipulated?

​             Herein lies an irony: the person who is trying to manipulate you views you as having greater strength or power than he or she does. — George H. Green and Carolyn Cotter, Stop Being Manipulated George Green and Carolyn Cotter...

Turning the spotlight on ourselves

Turning the spotlight on ourselves

​           I read in a book by Earnie Larsen* that there is scant difference between an abstaining chemically dependent person and a co-dependent person. Both have living problems, intimacy problems and issues with self-esteem. All these...

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