I have learned many truths about addiction, and one of the most universal is that it thrives in dark, secret places. Silence and shame choke words and honesty. My journey as a mother raising a child struggling with addiction has long been about stepping out of darkness into the light, and allowing illumination to bring growth. As necessary and life changing as standing in that light feels, it can be hot and uncomfortable, too. I acknowledge both and in that spirit, announce the Summer 2017 release of my book, Mothering Addiction. It is my story of hitting bottom, healing, and remaining open to possibilities. My hope is that my story creates dialog where words are needed and reflection where honesty is required.