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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A Subject So Often Hidden in Darkness....YES I AM AN ADDICT’S MOM
Written by TAM Mom Gail Simmons
I can still hear my dearest friend’s uncontrollable guttural screams bouncing off the panels of the inside of the ambulance. As we raced down the winding road to survival, I watched the tears trickle down the driver’s face. He kept softly repeating, in a trance like state, that this career choice was more than he could stomach. He did not know how much longer he wanted to be a witness to this played out scenario.
As they hurriedly wheeled the gurney into the ER, silence filled the room. This time no more chances were given. I heard the DR. say, “It’s another DOA.” Everyone was affected.
Her son lost his battle with addiction that night. As the truth unraveled, her loss continued. The stigma, the stares, the whispers, the glares. “She’s the addict’s mom.” They said.
Searching for support she finally found a group that felt right. She is now a member of the Addict’s Mom.
The Addict’s Mom is a support group founded in 2008, by Barbara Theodosiou. When Barbara realized two of her four children were practicing addicts, she knew she had to react. With over 30,000 followers as of 2015 she had access to an unending amount of support and information.
Still – her son Daniel was found DEAD in April of this year.
In its “Path of Wrath” it does not care. Rich or poor, red, yellow, black or white, educated, or uneducated. Unfortunately all stirred into the same melting pot.
Substance Abuse Awareness Month is in September each year. It is a month long of awareness campaigns addressing the stone cold facts. As an organization we understand the need for continued and ongoing awareness. The Addict’s Mom participates with open arms.
Our “Lights of Hope,” campaign spreading clear across the United States, gives our communities and opportunity to group together and gather strength and wisdom from one another. Three candles will be lit.
• A white one for those in recovery
• A red one for those who are still using
• A black one for our lost loved ones
Join in our organizations planning of these events in hopes of uniting in our fight of this horrible disease that is claiming the lives of our precious children.
Sunday September 13th is our official date, but you can set YOUR EVENT for any day during the month of September. The Addict’s Mom embraces this opportunity to share and show support. Won’t you join us by hosting, attending or promoting a “Lights of Hope” event in your area?
Let us know longer walk in darkness alone.
Yes I deeply understand. As my only child died from a drug overdose as well.
*The Addict’s Mom Lights of Hope tee shirts are now available, to purchase yours visit
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