I started a program that taught recovering addicts to read. We started a monthly magazine that featured the writings of mothers working on their recovery, and the staff -- often recovering addicts themselves -- who worked with them. I got to know the mothers and their families and decided to concentrate my efforts on their teenaged children.

I learned that children of addicts, especially the older children, face a unique set of challenges before and after a mother's attempts at recovery. I also learned that a mother's recovery, while it does not mean the end to her problems, presents a chance to start life again.

Diane Louie