Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Anonymity Or Not]

September 18, 2013

I’ve been thinking about the issue of speaking openly with the press when interview opportunities arise. The big question is whether or not to allow the use of our names, as the perception of “stigma” associated with our family’s problem is of some concern. As a business professional in a very conservative environment, I clearly …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [The Addicted Child]

September 18, 2013

…from a man’s perspective. Even if you haven’t read the book, I am sure you have heard the title: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. The general theme of this well-known book is that innately, men have different perspectives than women on all of life’s issues. All of life’s issues include a family …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Impediments To Communication]

September 18, 2013

…between schools and families affected by substance abuse. I believe there are probably as many impediments to good communication between schools and families affected by substance abuse as there are students who are actively using drugs. In my experience, though, over the past seven years, the top two impediments seem to be parental denial and …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Where Were The Parents?]

September 18, 2013

John C., 2007 It was just another Monday evening after a hard day at work. Dinner was over and it was time to take a look at today’s newspaper and spend a little quiet time in “decompression mode.” There were all the usual national headlines and stories, a piece on road construction and when we …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Foreword]

September 18, 2013

John C., 2007 I will never forget the shock, fear; grief and guilt that my wife and I felt the day we discovered our 14-year-old son had a drug problem. We were literally paralyzed by the circumstances into which we had suddenly been thrust. Nothing in our lives had prepared us for the journey we …..

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