From: American Addiction Centers
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: AAC Weekly: From Enabler to Rescuer, a Mother’s Day Story
Date: Fri May 09 22:38:23 MDT 2014
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American Addiction Centers
Weekly Blog Digest
May | 09 | 2014

From Enabler to Rescuer, a Mother’s Day Story

Nicole lives in a world where, every day, mothers are helping to save the lives of their children. It’s not a pretty world, the world of alcoholism and drug addiction. It’s a world where moms feel helpless to protect the children who scream, curse and blame them, children who seem not to care about train-wrecked lives or pushing the edge of safety in search of a buzz or a high.

According to many who counsel these mothers, moms can be enablers. And yet, numbers also suggest that once mothers understand the disease of alcohol or drug addiction, they are often the prime movers of their children’s successful recovery.

Nicole helps people who are recovering from the disease of addiction, and she does her share of talking to concerned and distraught mothers. Described by co-workers as “enthusiastic and passionate,” she tells the moms that no matter how dire the situation seems, recovery is possible. And Nicole would know because she, too, is in recovery, after years of internecine warring with her mom while in the grip of addiction.
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