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Like so many, my family has been touched by addiction. Our heads constantly spun for years as we tried to find the way to fix

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As a little girl, Mom and Dad promised I could be anything I wanted — police officer, teacher, journalist — and that no matter what,

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My son Alex shoplifted to support his addiction. Needless to say he got caught several times. The first few times, when he was a minor,

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My son stopped using over two years ago. For seven years he was addicted to drugs and, by the end, was a heroin addict. Today he is drug free and working to put his life back together. These are just some realizations that seem to help me.

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As a parent in recovery, I look at my children’s faces every day and I wonder and worry. I wonder, with everything I know and

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Tom Catton introduces you to the revolutionary belief that for some individuals a life fraught with sickening addiction can quite possibly become a misunderstood gift and a blessing in disguise.

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The Partnership is excited to introduce our new blogger, Tom Catton. Tom has been in long-term recovery since October 20, 1971 is the author of

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We’ve all done it. Seldom, if ever does it work. We make deals; we are willing to sell our soul, our dignity and our future to an addict in an effort to stop the madness.

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When you are a small child growing up in a home plagued with addiction you get a very distorted picture of what it means to forgive. We do whatever is necessary to survive the emotional rollercoaster we are on, while resentment builds inside of us. When we are old enough to understand the addiction we just want to forget everything that ever happened. It would be great if I could wave a magic wand and erase all those terrible memories. But I have had to live with them.

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In the first week of his sophomore year, he was caught ditching class, 4 days out of 8 in World History, and it’s then that my wife and I finally put it together. We confronted him as soon as he came home that day.

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