The Story in My Head

Substance Use Disorder

Without knowing it, I had a definite agenda for my son’s life. I had a story in my head of how his life would unfold. I envisioned him living a fairytale […]

By Sheila Laneve on November 15, 2022

As the new academic year begins, parents of children starting college for the first time, or those going back for another year, are helping their children move into dorms and new apartments, and experiencing goodbyes both joyful and tearful.

By Casie Fariello on October 28, 2022

In 2014, two bombs were thrown into our family: Addiction and Mental Illness. It was like the chicken and the egg. Which one came first?

By Laura Peterson on September 30, 2022

While everyone initially resisted our family’s transformation (including myself), I think we can all now agree that we are stronger and more connected than ever.

By Jenny L on September 15, 2022

Wondering Path

Selfcare & Personal Growth

My admiration of walking in the woods, as serpentine as it might be, did not translate to my expectation of a recovery path. Nope. Not one bit.

By Michael Fariello on August 15, 2022

The Gift of Gratitude

Selfcare & Personal Growth

Gratitude is a gift I give myself. Even in the darkest of times, it is waiting there for me to open it and explore what’s right in front of me so that I can appreciate life’s beauty.

By Jenny L on July 29, 2022

Being Okay with Not Being Okay

Selfcare & Personal Growth

I am not always okay and that is hard to say out loud. For years, I disassociated from my life due to trauma. This came in many forms and at often inconvenient times. I didn’t even know how to be present when my life was going well. I found a way to numb my feelings, any feelings, by not seeing it or acknowledging it.

By Casie Fariello on July 15, 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 L 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

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