The experience for mothers with children on substance use is very traumatic, that oftentimes they also isolate themselves from the world. They even stay out of touch with friends for fear of judgment. But the greatest impact for mothers is the hurt they feel seeing their child go through this disease. They are the first people that reach out for help on behalf of their children, they are the first responders to their children’s well being. That being said, mothers need recovery, too, for their own physical and mental well-being.
Listen to this powerful conversation of two loving mothers, Gail and Shelly Young who found in themselves a common connection to allow themselves to be just their authentic self, with no judgment, no blame or guilt.
Highlights of the episode …
– What inspired Shelly to create the newsletter “Recover the Mother”?
– Shelly’s thoughts on the stigma and shame associated with addiction that she felt as a mother.
– Why does Shelly disapprove of the language used to refer to people with substance use in conversations or even in the recent book she has read by Martha Beck?
– Why is there a need to focus on teaching children early on about taking care of the body, the mind and spirit?
– Why can mothers be at risk of isolating themselves from people?
– No matter how hurt mothers feel, it can’t disconnect the love for their children.
– Why did Shelly choose the non-traditional path for her own recovery?
– What is the objective of the newsletter, “Recover the Mother”?
– Shelly’s words of wisdom for mothers in remembering self love.
– Is there a book in the offing for Shelly Young?
Connect with Shelly Young
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