Julia O'Malley

Julia O'Malley writes a general interest column about life and politics in Anchorage and around Alaska. She grew up in Anchorage and has worked at the ADN on and off as a columnist and reporter since 1996. She came back full time as a reporter in 2005.

As a reporter, she covered the court system and wrote extensively about life in Anchorage, including big changes in the city's ethnic and minority communities.

In 2008, she won the Scripps-Howard Foundation's Ernie Pyle award for the best human-interest writing in America. She has also written for the Oregonian, the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Press.

E-mail her at jomalley@adn.com.

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When there is an addict in your family

Kathleen Stevens, the mother of the woman I profiled in Sunday's paper, told me in the court room in February that having a child with an addiction is extremely isolating. It took her years just to say out loud that her daughter was an addict. Addiction is something people don't talk about, she said, but she was sure that many families were dealing with it. Families of addicts feel shame, helplessness, worry, heartbreak, she said. She wished there was a way for them to connect with each other.

How has addiction touched your family?

What have you learned from a family member's struggle?

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