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?