Other related blogs, books, films:

The Focused Intensity Foundation is dedicated to serve those who are ready to commit to a life of change and recovery. It was started by Ryan Leaf, former NFL player and recovering addict. They function as a donation based non-profit that provides scholarships specifically for treatment of substance abuse and mental health related disorders. Their team of volunteer workers is working diligently to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.

Family Resource Center. Empowering Families to understand and address a child’s substance use. Research-based resources to help parents raising substance-free kids and help those with substance use.

Shatterproof.  Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families – they are shattered.

Drug-Proof Your Kids by Arterburn and Burns

Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic:

Tracey Helton Mitchell, author of The Big Fix Tracey is one of the 5 addicts featured in the documentary Black Tar Heroin, below, and who survived. She is the mother of three and a counselor, working in harm reduction.

Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street, 2000, Documentary by Steven Okazaki. Filmed from 1995 to 1998 in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, California, the documentary follows the lives of 5 heroin addicts. (

Heroin: Cape Cod USA, 2016, Documentary by Steven Okazaki. This is a cinema-verité look at the heroin epidemic currently sweeping America’s small towns and communities, focusing on eight young heroin addicts in idyllic Cape Cod, Mass. (YouTube for $2.99)

Our go-to books on Grief:

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

On Grief and Grieving by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion