Happy Monday! If last week is any indication of all the possibilities ahead, then this week is going to rock. Midwestern Mama was out of town last week on a mini vacation, had a fantastic weekend at home with the family, and is excited about what’s next for Our Young Addicts.
Like most of the world, Monday morning has a way of greeting us with a groan, but instead, today I’m smiling as I think about all the opportunities ahead for the Our Young Addicts community. Before I highlight this week, let me tell you about my road trip last week.
My youngest son – our 15-year-old – spent five days at an intensive sports training camp in Missouri. This year, my husband and I drove him there on Sunday and then had several days to take a mini vacation. Although we both did some work each morning in our hotel room, we spent the rest of the day exploring the area. We had some fantastic meals, great conversations and even saw a matinee movie.
Husband and Wife, Dad and Mom
Recently, I wrote an article for In Recovery Magazine, which will run in the September 2015 issue. It’s about the impact of a child’s addiction on the parents’ marriage. While I won’t spoil the article, I will say that our mini vacation was an example of why our marriage – although stressed by our older son’s addiction – has continued to grow stronger. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together.
Trust Feels Good
What made this even better was that our older son, who is now in recovery, was able to house- and dog sit without any worries whatsoever by my husband and me! That’s a huge step forward for all of us.
The Best Gift Ever
Over the weekend, I wrote a blog post for I Have Will which will run on Friday this week. It focuses on the “best gift ever.” And, again, without spoiling anything – it’s absolutely the gift my husband received for Fathers Day.
Guest Blog on Wednesday and Throw Back Thursday
This week for Our Young Addicts, we’ll continue with a guest blog post on Wednesday and with a #TBT post on Thursday. I think you’ll like both of these and find the content of great value no matter where you and our child are on the continuum of addiction, treatment and recovery.
The guest blog post will be from a substance abuse and mental health professional who shares his personal story and how his experience with addiction prompted him toward helping others. It will be a three-part series interspersed with other guest blogs from parents and young people in recovery. I am grateful for having such a wonderful community willing to share experiences, resources and hope.
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