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Testimonials 2017-05-10T11:36:41+00:00

“TruthTalks is an empowering process for all involved.”

Below are some quotes from parents and volunteers about TruthTalks

“TruthTalks offered a missing piece for me. Listening to young adults who are sober for a year has helped me understand what my son may be feeling and thinking, and talk to him with more empathy.  Talking with them, I’ve learned about local resources that I’ve used to help our family.”

-RR

From Parents

“TruthTalks is an empowering process for all involved. Parent are able to ask questions, share their struggles, and get honest and nonjudgmental feedback on ways to improve self-care and support their kids’ in positive ways.

Sober kids are able to be experts, sharing their experiences, struggles and triumphs with parents who are eager to listen. Everyone benefits, and the love, admiration and support in the room is palpable. It is an extremely affirmative process that leaves the participants with hope for family recovery.”

-Sharon Kane, MFT

“Being the mother of a son who’s been battling addiction for three years, I wonder when it will end.  He’s been to outpatient treatment, rehab, sober living and is still in AA; I’m in Al Anon myself.  TruthTalks offered a missing piece for me.  Listening to young adults who are sober for a year has helped me understand what my son may be feeling and thinking, and talk to him with more empathy.  Talking with them, I’ve learned about local resources that I’ve used to help our family.  I can see beyond the current situation with more hope and confidence.”

-RR

“My wife and I attended several “TruthTalks” meetings when we discovered our 17 year old son had been smoking pot. We learned a lot from the recovering addicts who are present at the meetings. It was very helpful and SCARY to hear of their experiences and be able to talk to them face to face.”

-J & M

“The young people in recovery at the TruthTalks meetings have so much to share and are genuinely eager to.  Through listening to them, I’ve gained a great deal of insight into my own son’s motivations and struggles. I’ve also valued learning about what ultimately led them to choose to be clean, which has replaced many of my unrealistic expectations with real hope for the future.”

L.A.

“I have participated in a TruthTalks session and it is a valuable approach for helping families communicate about addiction. TruthTalks pairs  parents and young adults in recovery to ask questions in a safe environment.  Those in recovery are empowered as experts in their individual experiences. The information flow feels caring and hopeful, and leaves all participants feeling enriched.”

S.Y.
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From Volunteers

“As a person in recovery a large part of my life involves service predominantly with other individuals in recovery. When I first got there I was a little bit nervous but when we had the opportunity to share our stories and hear the group members talk about their experiences I felt grateful to share my hope. It was an opportunity to hear from the other side of how my actions and the actions of somebody in active addiction impacts the family. I was moved by the strength, resilience, and love of the group members and it was an honor and a privilege to be able to participate.”

Lindsey
“If I were to search the universe of language for one word that describes my experience in the TruthTalks group I would have to say, surreal. As a MSW I deal with parents on a daily basis who have children in recovery. I was trained to hold, contain, and give space to their anxiety. Our conversations revolve around their child, but it is rare for a parent to open up in an honest, emotionally regulated, and sincere way about their personal experience. When these incredibly brave parents started sharing their stories there was something in the room that was so viceral and heavy, a force much bigger than me. I was impressed not only with these parents but with the TruthTalks program for facilitating something so desperately needed in recovery. I was incredibly grateful to be a part of it.”
Laura
Volunteer

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