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All humans are born good. All babies are born exactly the same in their goodness, in their innocence, in their curiosity, their brilliance, their ability to love, to trust. They are all born the same in their delight with the world, their happiness. It doesn’t matter what country they are born in or what their skin color or what language they are learning to speak or how much money is in their family.

We are all born with the same goodness. We all come into the world with the same potential.

Whole Mother is here to look at our parenting which begins in the very first moment at birth. Parenting today is the hardest and most important job there is out there, especially in these stressful times.

If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred
We must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life
For that is where our deepest patterns are set
From these grow fear and alienation
Or love and trust
—Suzanne Arms

Drug overdose deaths increased by 30% in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded. More than 93,000 people died from overdose last year. That is more than 250 people dying every day, more than 10 every hour! That number doesn’t include people who do not die from an overdose, but still are lost to their addiction. Addiction is not a respecter of academic achievement or socioeconomic status or nice neighborhoods or gender or race or how much a family loves a person suffering from substance abuse. It is killing real people, beloved people. It threatens others who are doing the hard work to save themselves. It threatens their loved ones and others so bound by the disease that they are too paralyzed to seek help. It is a cunning and baffling disease and so, so many people are suffering.

Whole Mother wishes to inspire discussion of this important issue and we are proud to present our series on addiction. We’ll explore how to identify addiction, how pregnancy and postpartum are affected by addiction and recovery, addiction’s effects on families, alternative peer groups, sober high schools and other local resources for families dealing with addiction.

Whole Mother airs the Addiction Series on the third Monday of every month.