Saturday, 3 May 2014

Somehow the train stopped for our son

Our son, now 7 months into his recovery, applied for college this week. He is looking forward to going back to school, learning a trade, and making a good living. We are thrilled.

I was so overcome with gratitude for his recovery and his future goals that I broke down in tears on the treadmill earlier in the week. I was laughing, crying, running, and giving thanks all at once. It felt good. It felt really good.

Only a year ago, our son was quickly approaching death’s door after a long difficult journey with addiction. I even had his funeral planned in my head. We were scared.

An addicted child is a train wreck waiting to happen, but you are powerless to stop it, though you do get battered and bruised trying. Somehow, the train stopped for our son and he is now living life to the fullest and truly happy. We are so grateful!!

Now, here’s hoping that he stays strong in recovery (one day at a time), and that his application to Holland College gets approved for September!

I was going to ask you to send positive thoughts our son’s way, but I changed my mind. Instead, please pray for those still suffering and their families. They need it the most. This is a very difficult journey for families; most are living this nightmare in silence. They need our support.

Please also say an extra special prayer for those who’ve had to bury a child because of addiction and/or mental illness. They are living every parent’s nightmare. I hope to never know that kind of pain. God bless you all.


PS: Our 3 C’s Family SupportGroup starts on Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00. Click here for more information!


  1. Hallelujah! Your son is a credit to you, and more importantly to himself. Keeping him in my prayers for a successful career and a wonderful life! Good on him!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I believe in the power of prayer so that means so much to me. xo

  2. That is absolutely wonderful news! Your son's story is an inspiration to all those struggling with addiction and proof positive that with treatment, recovery can be achieved. I will pray for your son's continued recovery. I too believe in the power of prayer ... the fact that both my kids are now receiving treatment for this horrible disease is the miracle that I prayed for every night. God bless your family and the wonderful doctors, like Dr. Hooley, who have gone out of their way to provide treatment for addictions... because it is the right thing to do.

    1. Thank you! I am so happy to hear that your kids are now receiving treatment too. It is such a relief when they finally do get treatment. Recovery is possible for our loved ones with the right treatment at the right time and lots of support. I wish them (and you!) all the best. One day at a time.


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