There is a litany of loss for what substance misuse has taken from our family. Finding other parents who understand these losses has been an immeasurable comfort.

By Michelle Hasty on June 30, 2022

Honoring My Daughter’s Truth

Selfcare & Personal Growth

After about a year of battling depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, substance abuse, cutting, and suicidal ideation my 15-year-old daughter started telling me that I had changed. She said I wasn’t the same mother I used to be.

By Heather Ross on June 15, 2022



When our kids struggle with mental health, they can behave in some appalling and unattractive ways. One of those ways is being manipulative. It’s infuriating when someone we love more than life itself deliberately betrays us to get what they want.

By Allison Garner on May 31, 2022

Peer support has a long history, both formally and informally. As applied to mental health support, “peer support” generally refers to the process by which individuals with lived experience of […]

By Aren Kurth on May 18, 2022

What to expect when you’re suspecting that your child is using? You can’t control your kid’s behavior but you can communicate from a place of love and empathy.

By Teri Tollenaere on May 15, 2022

My Very First Blog

Selfcare & Personal Growth

When I first discovered my son Jon’s substance usage, it was as if the earth below me had fallen away. I was weak on my feet, blurred in my mind and hurting in my heart.

By Michael Fariello on April 29, 2022

My lifeline comes from support groups. Grappling with these issues in a welcoming peer environment has catapulted my growth.

By Jenny Ludmer on April 15, 2022

Rules are easy to make. Some are impossible to enforce.

By Allison Garner on March 30, 2022

I am calm


Read our Peer Parent York’s story about his journey with his son and family.

By York Ast on March 15, 2022

A few important things to remember while you create a process for you and your family to build self-awareness and explore personal growth and healing.

By OPLM on February 21, 2022

Meditation is an alternative form of healing that can be particularly beneficial for parents of children suffering from mental health issues or substance use.

By Michael Irvine on February 14, 2022

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses are becoming increasingly common, however, ADHD remains one of the most misunderstood neurodevelopmental disorders.

By N. Daniel Gómez on February 14, 2022

For anyone struggling with addiction, sobriety or managing their use of substances in moderation is the ultimate goal.  Not having any measurable effects from alcohol or drugs and simply being […]

By OPLM on January 28, 2022

In 2022, being a teen or young adult is fraught with the additional weight of living in a pandemic, where social contact has been significantly altered, and life’s routines disrupted. […]

By N. Daniel Gómez on January 20, 2022

When your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed and scared. As a parent, you feel a heavy responsibility to protect your offspring, and an […]

By Leza Warkentin on January 18, 2022

For most people, the past couple of years have demanded developing an ability to adapt to and assimilate a series of global events that have unfolded in an unprecedented sequence […]

By OPLM on December 17, 2021

As our children grow up and the protective blanket we place around them becomes unfastened, they come face to face with the difficulties of the modern world. Thrust into adulthood […]

By OPLM on December 10, 2021

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in teens and is on the rise. The recently published 2022 State Of Mental Health In America Report released some […]

By Leza Warkentin on November 26, 2021

There is nothing quite as rewarding as being a parent. It is a vocation full of incredible inspiration, joy, surprises, and rewards; every day presents new opportunities to grow and […]

By OPLM on October 28, 2021

“Self-care is the intentional, proactive pursuit of integrated wellness that balances mind, body, and spirit personally and professionally.” – Paula Gill Lopez, Ph.D., Fairfield University. 1 Caring for others, particularly […]

By OPLM on October 5, 2021

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