One Mother’s Struggle Creates a Unique Online Community for Mothers of Addicted Children

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When someone visits http://www.addictsmom.com they can tell their story and find support from this community. A visitor can also post photos of their children on The Wall of Hope. Recently added was The Gone to Soon Wall that tells stories of those lost to addiction who require addiction recovery.

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"

Most mothers hope for the best for their children and do their best to give them the tools they need to become productive members of society so they can have the good life that they desire. However, along the way many children fall into the devastating illness known as addiction. Families of addicts often feel ashamed and don't know where to turn. That was the case 5 years ago for Barbara Theodosiou,the Founder of the Addict's Mom, who found out that both of her sons were addicted to drugs. She felt ashamed and withdrew from society, desperately searching for addiction help for her children.

As a result she lost her very successful business groups. Barbara made a courageous decision to go public with the fact that she was an Addict's Mom and announced it to over 450 people at a luncheon she was hosting. Filled with support, she began The Addict’s Mom as a Facebook group which has grown tremendously and has sprouted the Addict's Dad Group, and The Addicts Group. Due to the success of these groups a new resource was launched-- http://www.addictsmom.com which now has 1,420 members and growing every day. Members share without shame and show that together we are stronger while also reminding the mother of an addict that she is special.

When someone visits the membership site they can tell their story and find support from this community. A visitor can also post photos of their children on The Wall of Hope. Recently added was The Gone to Soon Wall that tells stories of those lost to addiction who require addiction recovery. The goal of the site is to create a community of mothers of addicted children to come together and help each other. There will also be many resources for those who join the site such as low cost rehab centers, books, and blogs.

Barbara Theodosiou said in a recent interview to encourage mothers of addicts to join the site. “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". The impact of the Addict's Mom has been tremendous, as evidenced by the many letters and comments in the forum area of http://www.addictsmom.com. Barbara is also forming The Addict's Mom Scholarship Fund, which will assist moms of addicted children to obtain treatment for their children. Plans are being made to host several support group meetings.

The site is a full of information to help a mother of an addicted child face the challenges that are associated with addiction. The Wall of Hope is also on Pinterest and conveys messages designed to help people overcome the challenges of addiction. Barbara hopes to reach 10,000 mothers and create a movement of hope where moms can feel safe and connect with other mothers of addicted children.

Barbara has been featured on WPLG, Channel 10, WRMF Radio, and in several local publications. Her column Ask the Addict's Mom is now appearing in Renew Magazine.

***** Barbara is available for Interviews by calling 954-309-0992 ****

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