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11 Years Ago You Died From Heroin Overdose, and I Became This Person

9/19/2017 Jess, Eleven years ago today, I was twenty, and the longest we had gone not seeing or talking to…

Three Years After Mark Died, His Mother Gave Me His Music

It is National Recovery Month. Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance…

I Will Never Stop Writing About Heroin

I’ve spoken out about drug addiction and its direct effect on the family far before it was grabbing headlines and…

Our Memories Smell Like Heroin

More than eight million children have at least one parent who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. This number includes…

The Line between Planning a Wedding and Planning a Funeral is Razor Thin

Courtesy of Sara Sara and Billy (pictured above) were together nearly six years when he overdosed on heroin and died…

This Company Mocked Mental Illness and Addiction in an AD

The Stigma Behind Addiction and Mental Illness Exposed KnowThyCustomer is a company that assists businesses in diving deeper into “who”…

Dad Shares Eulogy After Drugs Kill His Daughter

This essay, written by Alicia Cook, originally appeared in The Advertiser. On January 9 2016, I received an email with the…

Grief is Grief is Grief

Grief is Grief is Grief is dedicated to my cousin Jessica, on her 30th birthday. I usually talk in metrics….

Husband-Turned-Stalker Hid In Attic Instead Of Going to Rehab

“I met my abuser in 2011,” stated Anna, bluntly. “I had two children at that point in my life. Being…