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What my Sister has Missed Since her Addiction

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What my Sister has Missed Since her Addiction

An addiction is more like an affliction. It's a realization that the life you once had with the sister I once knew is gone gone forever until one day she may wakes up and makes the choice. The choice to be a sister, to be a mother, to be a daughter, to be an Aunt, to be a niece, to be a cousin to be there for the ones who love her and stop being there for one thing a drug. A drug named Roxy. Roxy stole my sister. The drug stole the only sibling I had left. To say...

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Lost My Son to An Overdose! Afraid I'll lose My Daughter too...

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Lost My Son to An Overdose! Afraid I'll lose My Daughter too...

I lost my son AG (Aaron) to an overdose, and today, I am struggling with letting go of what I can no longer control. I'm scared that my nightmare, losing AG to an overdose, will happen to my daughter. This letting go of what I can no longer control was easy to do when I found out my former husband cheated on me. A piece of cake, if you can believe it. When I discovered his infidelity, my feelings of loneliness led me directly down the road to divorce… so simple, compared to taking abuse from my kids and riding...

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Why They Call Addiction a Family Disease!

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Why They Call Addiction a Family Disease!

I start my message to you with, “I LOVE YOU.” Aaron—my son—always asked me, “Mom. Why is ‘I love you’ the first thing out of your mouth when I call?”  I said him that, “Aaron, sometimes you don't call for weeks, or even months. I have to seize the opportunity when I can, and let you know I LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT.”       I proceeded to tell my son, “Frankly Aaron, I don't know when I’m going to get that next opportunity to say, ‘I love you’ to my only son." So, if you haven’t already made...

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How I Became a Recovery Coach!

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How I Became a Recovery Coach!

Today we have a guest blog all the way from Canada! Actually, not too far from where I am in Detroit. Although let's not argue about Detroit hockey right now! Nicole has a tremendous story of finding her way through growing up in a household that conditioned her to alcoholism and addiction, into finding her way through love and marriage back into herself; now helping people! We are so proud to share such success. So, without further ado... Nicole:   "Hello, my name, is Nicole Cameron. I am a Recovery Life Coach who walks the journey of recovery with others...

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My Son Overdosed and this is How I Remember Him…

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My Son Overdosed and this is How I Remember Him…

On May 19, 2013 my son Matthew died. He left us due to a combination of fentanyl and alcohol. That’s a lethal combination of substances to ingest. Matt was living in a sober home in a nearby city when this occurred. I’d spoken to him the evening before and everything seemed fine. So when the police showed up at my door to tell me he was gone I was truly shocked.  In fact, I argued with them at first, insisting that they were wrong, that I’d just spoken to him, and he was fine. As awful as that day was,...

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