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Parents empowering parents | Help for parents of adult addicts

We always think of helping the parent of teenage drug addicts and alcoholics and often forget the parents of adult addicts. Sometimes it is more tragic for the 70 year old parent struggling to know what to do with their 55 year old addict "child." Parents empowering parents | Sequim Gazette : "“It’s so important not only for the adult addict but for the parents to have this support,” Joanna said. “I never was a big believer in support groups but I am now,” she said. “It really has helped especially when you feel so alone.” PAL is a nonprofit support group for parents whose children struggle with drug addiction." 'via Blog this'

Pay It Forward. Together we can help struggling centers.

Pay It Forward. Together we can help struggling centers. : "One of my favorite movies is "Pay It Forward"--where people do good for others, just because. Many, many organizations who work with addicts and alcoholics do just that--they sacrifice much to try and help the struggling alcoholic/addict and their families. At Day By Day, we have endeavored to help those centers help others by starting our own "Pay It Forward" program. For well over 10 years we have sent thousands of dollars of recovery books to hundreds of centers. It has been our honor to do so. In fact, this last week 5 treatment centers have requested free books from our "Pay It Forward" program. We simply don't have the resources. This is common and we have always sent what we could. We, at Day By Day, are now exploring other ways to help Pay It Forward to the many deserving treatment centers with limited funds that struggle to help those in recovery. One of the things we do,

‘When did it all begin to fall apart?’ A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt

These parents try to remember their son, Ben, before his addiction--they share their expereince as they particiate in a  treatment center support group. If you are considering treatment for your child, read this account. ‘When did it all begin to fall apart?’ A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt - The Washington Post : "He holds himself still, stone-like, and I see how these five weeks in treatment have narrowed and chiseled him. Is he breathing? I wait for the sigh; it always comes. This is a boy who holds his breath in excitement when he reads a book or plays a video game; he looks up, the chapter finished, the game over, takes a deep breath and then releases it with all the joy of the journey contained in that letting go and returning to the real world." 'via Blog this'