About the Author

I am NOT AN ADDICTION PROFESSIONAL. I am just the father of five children, the youngest of whom had a near lethal addiction. I retired from a thirty-two-year business career to go all-in on learning as much as possible about getting help for addiction for my son, Stevie, and to bring that knowledge to other parents and caregivers.

I completed a one-year fellowship and studied addiction at Harvard University. I trained to be a Parent Peer Coach. In partnership with two other fathers and a nationally recognized addiction treatment center, I co-created a podcast series called “My Child & Addiction” which currently has over 125,000 downloads. I volunteer at one of the largest health systems in the US to help parents along with the addiction counselors and I work full-time as a volunteer at a national addiction non-profit creating education materials and practical tools to help families.

These short stories deliver the most important information, concepts, tools and personal experiences from my 8-years of dealing with addiction that will help parents and caregivers better understand this disease and what’s necessary to address the problem.

Stevie is now twenty-five years old with over six years of continuous sobriety living a connected, productive, highly social, empathetic and happy life.

Finally, to be clear, “Love the Kid, Hate the Disease" is purely part of a personal mission to help others dealing with addiction. There is zero economic benefit to me or anyone else. There are no third party sponsors.

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Stevie for your insightful feedback and generosity in supporting my sharing of these stories.

My love to my amazing wife and our "Fab Five" children for your loving support and guidance and for making my journey as a Dad beyond my wildest dreams.

My deep gratitude to Stevie's primary counselors Colleen, Audrey, Justin and Jason, his AA sponsors and the teams at Northwell Health and Caron Treatment Centers.