It’s every young parent’s nightmare and it’s some parents’ reality. My guest this week shares with us her family’s story through her son’s addiction, overdose, and recovery. She describes what it looks like through the eyes of a faithful mother who did all of the right things but still found herself in the middle of a war. We talk about her struggles with bipolar disorder and her husband’s experience with Coronavirus. She has sweet encouragement for all of us moms – we are not alone in these struggles!
Katherine James attended Columbia University, where she also taught undergraduate fiction. Her debut novel, Can You See Anything Now?, won Christianity Today‘s 2018 Fiction Book award and was a semifinalist for the Doris Bakwin Award. Her new book A Prayer for Orion is out now and is very beautifully written. She lives in West Chester, PA with her writer-philosopher-preacher husband, they have three adult children who are more awesome than everyone else in the world and she prays for them every night.
WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:
coping with the pandemic with your family geologically spread out
Kate’s husband’s battle with COVID-19, recovery, and what God taught them through it
Kate’s bipolar diagnosis and journey
the “shoulds” while going through with depression
altering the definition of joy from feeling to faith
how medication has helped Kate
the misconceptions and guilt of having a child who’s an addict
predispositions for addiction
how Kate’s son’s addiction both strained and grew her faith
the use, shame, repeat cycle
resources for parents helping a child with drug addiction
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