One of the biggest fears that have become a reality for parents across the country is handling a child fighting an addiction. With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic having a tremendous impact on our youth’s mental health nationwide, one of the results is our adolescents and young adults coping through substances.
Confidently and transparently, Stephen D, a trained Parent Peer Coach at The Partnership to End Addiction, shared his journey with his youngest of five children battling addiction. Love the Kid, Hate the Disease: Lessons Learned from a Dad Dealing with His Son’s Addiction is a compilation of twelve short stories sharing the experiences a father wishes he had during his son’s recovery. Stephen D’s relatable and warming storytelling is comforting to any parent – or person – trying their best to navigate a child with an addiction. In his own words:
“In these twelve short stories, I will share the best of what I learned about addiction that helped me handle extreme parenting difficulties and ultimately allowed me to be a part of the recovery solution for my son.”
With a son who, at the time, was only sixteen, it was a shock for Stephen D and his family to witness their youngest stumble into the house heavily under the influence. However, what pained Stephen D the most was hearing how his son had just returned from trying to take his own life, and for the next two years, he and his family would be living in a reality they had never imagined.
Though Stephen D and his family faced many lows, practiced more patience than they thought fathomable, and even nearly lost his son four times, Stephen D never gave up on his son and did everything he could to learn how to best get his son’s life back. As of today, Stephen D’s son is in year six of his recovery, has graduated from college, and is working in the addiction treatment industry, “giving back and sharing his story to help adolescents and young adults find their way to beautiful new lives.” These stories are indeed a collection of inspiration and hope, comforting and reassuring to those that faced similar struggles.
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