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Deanna Thomas is the owner and creator of Calm Spirit Wellbeing offering services to help others cultivate inner peace, restore from the stresses of modern living, and to create unique toolkits to promote ongoing wellbeing. She is a former public school educator, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, licensed massage therapist, writer, and yogi. Visit www.calmspiritwellbeing.com to subscribe to her newsletter, read her blog, and to learn more about her services. IG and FB @calmspiritwellbeing.

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How I Healed My Strained Relationship with My Addict Mother

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” ~Sam Keen

Like so many of us, my relationship with my mother throughout my life is best described as complicated.

We’ve had our fair share of turbulent times in our journey, and her alcoholism and drug abuse while I was growing up fueled great dysfunction on every level: literal physical fighting when I was a teenager (yep, Jerry Springer-style), seemingly continual acts of rebellion, a total lack of understanding, deep mistrust, unwillingness (or likely even an inability at the time) to …