“Deep inside I knew I was not the only mom suffering. I knew there had to be other mothers who were going through the same emotional pain that I was. I wanted to create a place for mothers of addicts to have the freedom to share"
Fort Lauderale, Florida (PRWEB) March 15, 2012
Fort Lauderdale, Florida- 4 years ago Barbara Theodosiou, a South Florida mother of four, found out that two of her sons were addicted to drugs. At a loss and not knowing where to turn, her life plunged into one of despair. She was living every mother’s worst nightmare and did not know where to turn.
Her business began to suffer and she withdrew from the community and friends she once relied on. Barbara just couldn’t deal with others finding out that both her sons were now addicts. “I was physically sick and lost in the sadness of their addictions,” notes Theodosiou, founder of the Women’s Business Mastermind Group and co-founder of Women Helping Women Mastermind. “I was a woman with great personal and professional success. On the outside it appeared as if I had it all. But on the inside I was broken. No, I was shattered into a million pieces.”
Through her brokenness an idea was born: The Addict’s Mom. “Deep inside I knew I was not the only mom suffering. I knew there had to be other mothers who were going through the same emotional pain that I was. I wanted to create a place for mothers of addicts to have the freedom to share our pain without feeling the shame that often comes with having a child who is an addict. As the mother of two addicts, it took me four years to realize that I matter, that my life has purpose. I didn’t have to die inside because my sons were addicts. I am learning that I am important -- to myself and other people in my life, including my husband and other children.”
United behind the credos of “Sharing without Shame” and “Together We Really Are Stronger,” more than 3500 mothers have joined The Addict’s Mom group on Facebook and over 1700 mothers have joined the Addict’s Mom’s Fan page.
Recently, a new free membership site was launched, http://www.addictsmom.com, giving mothers support, valuable low cost resources to help their addicted children and a place to share with other mothers. Members can write their own blog posts, add videos, chat with other members, find low cost and effective treatment and get the support they need from a wide array of professionals who can help them with co-dependency issues, enabling and other issues addict’s mothers face. Mothers can also submit stories about their own personal journeys with addiction.
The Addict’s Mom helps create personal change and healing among the broken spirits of the addict’s moms. There has been hundreds of testimonials from members saying how much the Addict’s Mom group has positively impacted their lives. To join the membership site, go to http://www.addictsmom.com
Barbara is also in the process of forming The Addict's Mom Scholarship Fund, which will assist moms of addicted children to obtain treatment for their children. The Addict's Mom will also host several support group meetings locally. Today one of Barbara’s sons is in recovery while the other is still deep into his addiction. Barbara vows to be a beacon of light, guiding other mothers of addicts out of the darkness and into hope, helping them reclaim their lives, restore sanity and rebuild their shattered families. She prays others mothers of addicts who are reading this will take the first step to taking back control of their lives and sign up at the free Addict’s Mom membership site at http://www.addictsmom.com.
Addiction and Recovery Specialists, Therapists, Counselors and other professionals devoted to helping families of addicts are also welcome to join and lend their support by writing blog posts and sharing their expertise and knowledge.
The Addict’s Mom has been featured on WPTV.com Channel 5, WPLG Local 10 ABC, Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, 97.3 the Coast, Ron St. Jon radio show , Renew Magazine, Davie Times and many other publications.
Barbara Theodosiou can be reached for interviews at 954-309-0992 or email: barbara(at)theaddictsmom(dot)com. She is also available to provide print or internet columns or tips on topics related to The Addict’s Mom.
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