Looking Beyond The Peephole of Addiction

Bev Kelley-Miller

There are many books about addiction.  Some are written by mothers who give you a glance into their private world of what it’s like having a daughter who is NOT in recovery when the book begins such as if you love me: A mother’s journey through her daughter’s opioid addiction (Henry Holt: 2018) by Maureen…

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Would You Recognize An Overdose?

Parents don’t want their addicted child to die from an overdose.  Yet, last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths soared to more than 93,000, 30% higher than the previous year. Would you be able to recognize an overdose and be prepared to deal with it? According to the American Addiction…

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Signs of Drug Abuse

How can you tell if your child is just a moody teenager or experimenting with drugs that cause his personality to change?  With school out and longer summer days, there’s more time for recreational drugs. As a parent, you have the right to rifle through their drawers to confirm your suspicions.  Here are some telltale…

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When Grandma Becomes Ma

When my father suddenly died in his thirties, my Mother had to go to work to support four children. Her different jobs included bookkeeper, fabric converter (I still don’t understand what that involved), creator of a terry cloth tunic that was publicized in Ladies Home Journal. During my Mother’s absence, my eldest sister “Betsy” would,…

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Read Between The Lines Of These “Emotional Growth Schools”

Eager for their child’s rehabilitation, many parents are hoodwinked by glossy brochures and the advice of educational consultants.  I know I was.  Therapeutic boarding schools spell R-E-L-I-E-F to a parent who feels she cannot control her child.  In loco parentis sounds pretty good when your child no longer honors your requests. Why were we drawn…

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Honoring Those Lives Gone From Opioid Overdose

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The American Medical Association on August 14th warned that more than forty states have reported increases in opioid related mortality, according to ABC News.com.  The increase is not surprising because of the isolation generated by the Covid-19 virus. Each year, National Overdose Awareness Day is celebrated around the world.  It is a time to learn…

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Enabling or Caring?

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When I was growing up, the BIG “C” was whispered among my parents’ friends. It was as if that disease as well as less serious health concerns such as hysterectomies, were regarded as moral failings, not to be discussed. To be sick was to be weak Years later, the dreaded Cancer was talked about openly,…

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Acceptance: Is it the same as Tolerance?

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Psychiatrist Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D., co-author of When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need to Know (Sterling: 2016), states that “acceptance involves acknowledging the reality of a particular situation and recognizing that it is not in your power to change it. When faced with circumstances that are not only distressing, the only way to…

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