SAVORING SWEET SOBRIETY, A GRANDMOTHER REBUILDS

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By: Jon Otis

Original Source: www.nytimes.com

This time, sobriety is going to stick.

Linda Malloy is certain of it. Because this time, she has something to lose that was never at stake before.

“I have three grandchildren in my life,” Ms. Malloy, 53, said. “I have my daughter in my life today.”

Ms. Malloy’s daughter, now 38, was placed in foster care shortly after Ms. Malloy was first incarcerated, in 1978. It was the first of eight prison terms she has served, all on drug possession charges. A couple of years ago, Ms. Malloy’s sister found her daughter on Facebook, prompting mother and daughter to rekindle their relationship after more than 30 years.

Atonement did not come easily. Ms. Malloy’s daughter required time to forgive her for what she considered her abandonment. She had not had any idea that Ms. Malloy had battled with alcohol and crack cocaine addiction.

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