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The Obsession Never Goes Away

****My son Daniel became an angel in March 2015…This letter is dedicated to my loving son Daniel Francis Montalbano 10/24/91 – 03/30/2015 RIP…love Mom.. Dear Daniel, The obsession never goes away. When I sleep you are often in my dreams, or should I say nightmares. I wake with an uneasy feeling that something is wrong

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The Addict’s Mom

The Addict’s Mom (TAM)  is so much more than a support group; it is a lifeline to our members. For the mother or other family member sitting alone in the dark, with tears streaming down her cheeks, “The Addict’s Mom” offers hope and the knowledge that there are thousands of other families fighting for the

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Coat of Many Patches

by Sherry Schlenke Most of you know Dolly Parton,who was born as one of 12 children in extreme poverty in Tennessee.  Her famous song, “Coat of Many Colors,” tells of how Parton’s mother stitched together a coat for Dolly out of rags that were given to the family. Her mother compared Dolly’s coat to the

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The Mission of the Addict’s Mom: To “Share Without Shame”

written by Sherry Schlenke, the mother of a child with the disease of addiction The Addict’s Mom provides a forum to “Share Without Shame” for the mothers of children suffering from the deadly disease of addiction. The importance of this mission cannot be over-stated. A loving mother will pass through several stages upon learning of

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Rehabilitation, Not Incarceration

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Barbara Theodosiou, the mother of a son with a dual-diagnosis: mental illness, and substance abuse disorder. The purpose of my essay is to discuss these two disorders as they relate to a person who becomes incarcerated.   My son, like most people with a mental illness, began

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