In two days, two strangers called me. They'd heard I might empathize. And yes I can. They are not the only Moms that I've been in touch with. Some families try to cover up. Not me - I'm an open book and believe God wants me to share in the peaks AND valleys! It might be handy for some to see a list of resources that I know is reliable:
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness - contact them for a local peer group. For you OR your kid. It covers the gamut: Bipolar, Autism, Suicide, Schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders and more.
Cornerstone Recovery: a unique teen-based, 12-step recovery program, based on positive peer pressure and a drug and alcohol free environment. (This is a Houston organization; but they will have recommendations for out of towners).
And just today, a friend emailed me a link for reading on prodigal sons. Looks great - check it out!
Sundown Ranch: a treatment facility designed to meet the needs of individuals suffering from chemical dependency and related co-occurring psychiatric disorders. (Yup, #2 Son was a resident here...for 45 days).
Russell Kelfer's Website: his sermons/books are free & you can download many. In Everything Give Thanks pretty much changed my life!
And the #1 source of comfort, respite, peace is my faith. God sees me through it all. I tell everyone that without Him, I'd be in a loony bin, an alcoholic or on the side of the road - blubbering. I kid you not.
...and there are a group of women - who have been together over 10 years almost every Tuesday night. Have we shared! Cried! Laughed! And prayed. Moms need girlfriends. And those that pray (without judgement) have to be THE BEST!