Shouldering The Burden Of A Loved One’s Addiction


By Dylan Miettnen

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The road to recovery is difficult – for those with substance abuse disorders, as well as their family and friends.

The fridge was empty when Mia Rose decided to dig between the couch cushions looking for any change that may have fallen there. She was young — only about 9 years old at the time. Walking hand-in-hand with her younger brother, they made their way to the dollar store to buy lemonade mix, in hopes of setting up a lemonade stand to purchase food for her and her family.

But for Rose, lack of food was not her family’s most pressing issue: her father had been addicted to methamphetamine on and off again for more than a decade. It started with…click here to continue reading