via Crosswalk.com – My Kid’s An Addict. . . Now What?

Thank you to Crosswalk.com for publishing my article on addiction.

You can read it here:

My Kid’s an Addict, Now What? —5 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me When the Nightmare Began

 

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As a parent of a recovering addict, I am compelled to share with others what I’ve learned through the experience. Even with all we know today about the disease of addiction, there is still a stigma associated with it. Many families struggle in secret, and are afraid to be transparent about what is going on with their loved ones.

There are things we can do for ourselves and for the person fighting their addiction.  We can connect with others. We can learn all we can, trust in the Lord for healing and deliverance, and draw strength from the testimonies of people who have overcome their addictions and are living healthy, successful lives.

I praise God every day for my daughter’s recovery. She is an amazing woman, and we are proud of her courage and determination. She is dedicated to the recovery process, the twelve steps program, and God, who is the giver of life and all good gifts. We are blessed.

Many other families are suffering immeasurably with the consequence of substance addiction. My heart goes out to them. The addiction epidemic is quickly becoming our nation’s greatest tragedy. Lives are being destroyed. Relationships ruined. People are dying needlessly.

May we all be sensitive to the crisis.

May we pray fervently for help to reach all those who seek it.

May we do our part to educate ourselves and our families about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other self-harming addictions.

 

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