Mary Fran Bontempo

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To Be or Not to Be Free?
Have you ever wanted to be a spy?  That’s what I felt like when my son, David, returned home after treatment for heroin addiction. Yet…
Choosing a Treatment Facility
Choosing a Treatment Facility It was Mother’s Day, 2010. Gathered at my own mother’s home to celebrate the holiday, my family, along with my brother,…
Family Therapy—Bringing the Addict and Family Together
Family Therapy—Bringing the Addict and Family Together Oh no, he’s coming home. Usually, a loved one’s return home after an absence is met with celebration.…
An Uncertain Homecoming
An Uncertain Homecoming Oh no, he’s coming home. Usually, a loved one’s return home after an absence is met with celebration. We’ve missed them, and…
Detox—The First Step Towards Healing
Detox—The First Step Towards Healing Detox. If you Google the word, you’ll find images of vitamins, herbs, teas and other soothing, healthful options for living…
Facing the New Year
New. The word is alive with possibility. Add it to the word “year,” and it’s nothing short of the opportunity to start fresh, wiping away…
15 Minutes of Magic
I’ve come to think of 15 minutes as a magical time. I began to feel that way during my son’s active addiction, when we managed…
The 15 Minute Master | How to Make Everything Better 15 Minutes at a Time
Fifteen minutes. It was all my husband and I could manage at the height of our son’s heroin addiction. “Take it one day at a…
What to Say When Addiction Strikes
Oh my god, what am I going to say? How do I tell people what’s going on? Addiction is a horror that begins privately and…
I’m Mary Fran and I’m a Mother
On Mother’s Day, 2010, I learned I was the mother of a heroin addict. David had overdosed, not on heroin—he couldn’t get it that day—but on…