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I haven't spoken to my mother in more than four years. But, not a day goes by that I don't think about her and wish, with all of my heart, that I was strong enough to have her in my life.
This edition of News of Substance features three stories from family members who have been through the trenches of substance abuse with their loved one
Substance use disorders can affect the people around the addict just as much as the person themselves. As a chronic, progressive disease, the brunt of the impact typically falls on the family.
A Spouse's Perspective
It was snowing heavily on a January night in Denver. My husband and I were waiting at a bus stop on Colfax. All we had was $20 and a duffle bag containing a few items of clothing. We were homeless and looking for yet another motel room to stay in for the night. I remember clearly because that was when my husband promised me we weren't going to live like that anymore. He stopped using drugs that night and has been sober for more than a year.
I got Sober Eight Years before My Husband
Sherm Miller and Mary Sullivan are renowned commercial real estate fixtures in metro Denver and long-time, generous supporters of Arapahoe House. They have been sober for 21 and 29 years respectively and married for 32. Mary got sober first and then "dragged Sherm into it" eight years later.
What is Planned Giving?
While many of us have made direct donations through cash, check, or appreciated assets such as stock, the concept of a "planned gift" allows a donor to complete their gift at a future date. Here's a quick introduction to one of the most basic forms of planned giving: the bequest.