ACoA

I wish I had a mother. I don’t miss her; I do miss the idea of her.

I Wish I Had A Mother

Biologically speaking, I do have a "mother." There is a woman somewhere who gave birth to me. But that's not a mom and I really wish I had a mother! Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   10.19.17   |   SHARE
Families
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We Need To Talk About How Childhood Trauma Affects Education

Don’t most kids feel afraid to come home? Read...
Joni Edelman    |   08.15.17   |   SHARE
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Why Am I Terrified Of Change?

Want to see me panic? Ask me what I’m going to be doing in 10 years. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   05.22.17   |   SHARE
Beyond Before & After
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Pot, Parenting, And Being Raised By An Addict

The one thing I knew I wanted as a kid was to never be like my mother — no Jose Cuervo, no Marlboro Light 100s, no makeup mirror dusted with coke. Read...
Joni Edelman    |   04.20.17   |   SHARE
Families
It’s the black cloud that never, ever goes away — despite the resilience it has armored me with.

Addiction & Recovery: When Your Parents Are The Problem

No addiction or recovery story is the same. You don’t always kick the habit and you don’t always find the forgiveness which you seek. Around 60% of Read...
Lisa Marie Basile    |   11.29.16   |   SHARE
Minds
A letter to you, mom, wherever you are.

A Letter To My Estranged Mother

I don’t know where you are — if you are ok, if you have food, shelter, love. I don’t know what you look like now. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   02.16.16   |   SHARE
Voices
I am afraid.

A Guide To Loving The Adult Child Of An Addict

Many of you have asked for a companion article that offers some advice for those who love an ACoA (Adult Child of an Alcoholic). So here I am, humbly. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   12.29.15   |   SHARE
Sex + LoveBodies
Sadness.

10 Things The Adult Child Of An Addict Wants You To Know

1. We don’t know “normal”. Normal is a relative term, yes. But our normal is not on the relativity scale. Normal for us can include instability, fear Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   08.14.15   |   SHARE
Bodies