Sandra Swenson

"Where Love and Addiction Meet: Becoming Dandelion Strong"

We may often feel fragile, but we are strong . . . And we are many.


As parents of children battling the disease of addiction, we have the power to overpower the destruction that addiction spreads. The power to trade shame and blame for strength.


Author of "The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction", "Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children" and "Readings for Moms of Addicts," app, Sandy Swenson offers help and hope for parents living in the place where love and addiction meet—a place where help enables and hope hurts. For parents trying to figure out the difference between helping their child to live and helping their child to die. For parents grieving the loss of a child who is still alive. For parents needing to find a recovery of their own.


"When addiction first takes root in our children, we may be completely unaware, but once we’ve heaved ourselves over the monstrous hurdle of realization, the recovery journey begins: We learn, we grow. We cry, we wilt. We learn the value of nurturing ourselves. We find strength, we bloom. And finally, like fields of frazzled flowers, we scatter seeds of truth and goodness, changing the dynamic of this place where love and addiction meet. One by one, and one after another, we are carried aloft by the hope, the help, and the beating hearts of other parents who love a child suffering with addiction."