As a child, I didn’t quite understand addiction. I didn’t understand what it meant to have an “alcoholic” parent, even though I had one. I would see my dad stumbling around, hear my parents arguing, or witness tears streaming down my dad’s face, but I didn’t understand what was going on. As I aged, I began to piece things together and eventually began to wrap my mind around the term “alcoholic”.
$500 million of the new budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is earmarked for addiction. NIH leaders published an outline earlier this month describing how the nation’s medical research agency will use the money to fight the opioid epidemic. Congress approved $500 million in funds to focus on improving treatments for opioid misuse and addiction and bolster strategies to manage pain. An opinion …

A Daily Fight

The summer of 2016, I was been substance-free for six years. I was married to my best friend for also six years that March. He was incarcerated all of our marriage being out only long enough for me to get pregnant with our son, and at this time I already had our daughter who was three. This is a summer I will never forget. I received the phone call my …
Within an hour of landing at the Buffalo, NY airport in July, I am helping my little sister get to the bathroom at Kenmore Mercy Hospital after she has been revived with Narcan. I don’t know it yet, but Jenny will die in six days. She has just turned 44. Since then, every day I’ve tried to understand how my sister, a college …
I am a woman who does not look like what she has been through. I have yet to meet someone who has gone through what I have. I’ve always believed that “broken crayons still color”. I turned my tumultuous past into a great testimony! I became heavily addicted to prescription painkillers in 2002 after a knee surgery before …

A Voice of Recovery

My substance use started in the 7th grade with marijuana and alcohol and quickly progressed to opiates by the 8th grade. At that point in my life substances gave me courage and what I thought was “swagger” or some sense of being cool. When I got into high school it no longer gave me that cool feeling because I was in the midst of full-blown addiction. I was being suspended from school, getting …
Excerpt from: A CHILD’S LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE by Katherine Ketcham author of The Only Life I Could Save (Sounds True, Inc., April 1, 2018)   I sat in the corner of the pediatrician’s office listening to the doctor talk to my 18-year-old son. “I understand you are here because your parents are concerned about your drug use,” …

Learning To Love Myself Again

My name is Michelle, I’m 31 and live with my two boys, boyfriend,  and five cats. Addiction has affected my life negatively for the past 12 years. I got addicted to pain pills from having wisdom teeth being taken out. It was a downhill spiral from there. I’ve been to jail about eight times, numerous treatment centers…I’ve got four kids, but only got custody of 2. I married the …
My 21 year old son passed away last May 16th 2017 from an accidental overdose of Heroin/Fentanyl. It began last April 2nd when he had a motorcycle wreck with significant injuries. He crushed his hip and dislocated his hip joint. I was so scared I was going to lose him then. I knew he would have his reconstructive surgery and even with a long road to recovery, he would …
The purpose of sharing this story is to provide hope to those who have suffered traumatic loss and are also suffering from addiction. From my experience I know it is not only possible, but common, to heal from both the shock and the trauma of loss, as well as addiction, and have a happy, joyous, and free life. In the year 1981, all five surviving members of …