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July 11, 2019

Recovery coach Jamie Edwards shares personal and professional insight on codependency and three valuable tips that can help you take back you today.

December 11, 2018

Recovery coach Jamie Edwards details how naming your pain and lamenting heartbreak and loss can help you heal.

November 12, 2018

Standing strong in the space between codependency and tough love

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…

not healing, not curing…that is a friend wh...

October 17, 2018

I was with a group of friends last night and someone shared this quote:

“Recovery does not cure us of every human imperfection or eliminate all pain

in our lives, but it gives us tools to deal with our problems

and continually work to improve ourselves.” 

These words hav...

September 12, 2018

Unsure how to help an addict or alcoholic that you love? Recovery coach Jamie Edwards shares her personal experience navigating her daughter’s addiction, her fears and, ultimately, love.

May 17, 2018

Is abstinence the only way my loved one can get sober?

My initial answer to that question was emphatically YES! … until it wasn’t.

Scientific data, clinician attributions, disease model perspectives and empirical medical evidence simply do not support the abstinence only...

April 18, 2018

When A Family Member Relapses: The important role of Acceptance 

Some of us see it coming, some of us don’t. Even if we saw the telltale signs, it doesn’t lessen the blow. Relapse is devastating for both the substance users and those who love them. 

Our first question is...

February 24, 2018

February 24th is International Family Drug Support Day. My blog posts this month are in recognition and support of this day and its intended purpose of increasing public addiction awareness along with family knowledge and support.

Sadly, 2016 held the highest death toll...

December 24, 2017

Finding Warmth And Joy Amidst Addiction: The Holidays And Recovery - Part III
Two more tips for coping with the holidays in recovery

In part one of this three-part blog series, I discussed how trying to change the truth, the past or others is futile, unkind and, perhaps...

December 18, 2017

Finding Warmth And Joy Amidst Addiction, The Holidays And Recovery - Part II
More tips for families of addicts to gain and maintain serenity this holiday season. 

In part one of this three-part blog series, I discussed how trying to change the truth, the past or ot...

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I am the mother of a heroin addict…BUT I am also a wife, sister, friend, dog owner, a die-hard “Who Dat” New Orleans Saints fan, a lover of all things chocolate, a blogger, a speaker and an educator/advocate for family members dealing with a loved one’s addiction/alcoholism. It is important that I state this upfront because for the first five years of my daughter’s addiction I lost the ability to identify as anything other than the mother of an addict. I was as lost in my daughter’s addiction as she was. She was addicted to substances that altered her mental state and I was addicted to her. She became obsessed with the drink and the drug and I became obsessed with her.

If this rings true to you, I hope you will stick around and become a fellow traveler with me as I continue to navigate the dark and murky shadow land of addiction. In this blog I will examine numerous topics

becomingjamie: life of the mother of a heroin addict

on recovery, such as codependency, enabling, and detachment. I will discuss the impact that addiction has had on my faith life and its deconstruction along with the effect that the disease has had on my social, political, and psychological life stances. In addition, I will also examine current writers, doctors, scholars, researchers; leading forces in the field of addiction and policy making, in an attempt to create and provide educational opportunities to inform and raise awareness around the issues of substance abuse.