Addiction. What an ugly word. Yet our nation has more addiction than ever before. No one wants the problem.

But some of us face that nightmare anyway.

We mothers love our children and spend much of our lives raising them, and teaching, even to the point of organizing our lives around their activities. It’s a huge disappointment when one becomes difficult or strays. Addiction creates so much pain for everyone.

All of us know a youngster can disobey, but you can set up boundaries and discipline.

However, when a child passes that magic spot called majority, it’s a different story. You have no control over an adult. And that can be very frustrating, especially if your child becomes addicted. Heartbreaking!

A mother once said, “If I had left him on the streets after he was born, I wouldn’t be so upset. But I worked day and night. And this is what I get. If I had to do it over, I would raise dogs.”

Now understand that’s a very unhappy mother. But you understand the sorry and the helplessness she felt.

So what is a mother to do?

For those of us who don’t have a child like this, we want to minister to them as a vital part of the body of Christ.

Today I have Sharron Cosby. Her son battled addiction for years. She wrote Praying for Your Addicted Loved One 90/90.

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