Dallas Willard writes in The Divine Conspiracy, that our actions convey what we believe. Getting people to change actions without changing their beliefs is pretty darn futile. One of my wants is that young and middle-age parents let go of the infatuation with alcohol. Why? Because it can create an infatuation with alcohol in their children. Let me try to change beliefs about this. …Read more
I want to write blogs of hope because as long as there is God and breath, there is reason to hope. Occasionally we also need to say, “Yep. It’s like that,” and know that someone else also lives our truth. In that company is comfort. But don’t stay there, then proceed to hope. Thanks to Alicia Cook for putting words to many people’s reality. — Sarah
The other night, someone yelled at me. “For someone who writes about addiction, you are being judgmental.” I was a lot of things that night: Mad. Hurt. Sad. Confused. Frustrated. At a loss – but judgmental? No. No way.
I wish it wasn’t me who was writing this blog. I really do. I wish I wasn’t “qualified” to speak on the heroin epidemic from the perspective of the loved ones. I wish I wasn’t gaining…Read more
Emoticons of a thumbs up, clapping hands, thumb and forefinger circle to Barbara Krovitz-Neren, MA* for her generous contribution of this guest blog. Parents express their own emotion anticipating a child coming out of treatment and that would be terror. How do we act? What do we do and not do, say and not say, change and not change? Barbara’s work is SO needed because our parenting took a boatload of hits and got concussed. Oh for someone to help us get back on track. …Read more
“Thank goodness he’s only smoking marijuana.” I hear parents say this and I get it. They are grateful that their kid isn’t driving drunk, popping pills, shooting or sniffing — as far as they know. There are lots of things to be grateful for in this world, but marijuana use isn’t one of them. …Read more