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19 Days Clean...

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19 Days Clean...

I'm Jake, have 19 days clean, and I call it my first real attempt at recovery, because before, it was either to satisfy my family, a girlfriend, a job, or whatever the cause may be; but the reason wasn’t me. This time getting clean is for me, and at the same time I’ll be helping my wife and newborn daughter. I want my daughter to grow up with a positive male role model in her life, while showing her that you can overcome anything that is put in your path. She’ll see the strength within me and our family when...

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No One Brings Casseroles When Your Loved One is Mentally Ill!

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No One Brings Casseroles When Your Loved One is Mentally Ill!

Back when my 14-year- old son called me from school and said he knows he should be happy and he is a lucky boy, but he feels like he wants to die, I truly panicked. It was as if I wasn’t hearing the right words coming out of his mouth. I knew I wasn’t equipped for this situation!!!! I asked him if I could take him to his doctor and when he replied yes, at that point I knew my son was clearly showing signs of mental illness. I sat stunned in utter silence, panicking and paralyzed, not able to...

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What Living With an Addict is Like...

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What Living With an Addict is Like...

When you live life with an addict it is like living inside a volcano. You hurt all over from the inside out. You never know when the volcano of your life will erupt. Will your son harm another? Will he go to jail? Will he steal to get what he needs? Will he overdose and die? These are the questions you ask yourself over and over. There are times when the volcano of your life is quiet. Most days the hot lava of life with an addict pours out! The pain is intense. Life becomes unbearable. In the end one of...

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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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