Cast of Characters

As of October 2015:

•Hayley:  main character, or is she? Addiction is the true protagonist in this story. DOB 1979; only girl; became heroin addict at age 31 after 10 years of substance abuse and compulsive behaviors; BA in Politics (2001)

The Family:

Hayley’s parentsBrad and Peggy;  married in 1973; separated in 1996 after 23 years of marriage; divorced in 2000; three grown children:  Jake, Hayley, Brian;

•Brad: 73 yo retired radiologist; left ‘our’ hometown in January 2009 and moved with wife, Jill, to California

•Peggy: 67 yo; see ‘About Me’ tab

•Jake:  DOB 1976 – Hayley’s big brother; first born; graduate of small, prestigious, liberal arts college (1998); married to Megan;  2 children, Lucy and Luke; lives/works in Seattle area.

•Brian: Hayley’s little brother: DOB 1985; Stanford grad; documentary film maker in California; ‘peace-maker’/glue of family

Jill: Brad’s ‘new’, much younger wife; (23 years younger than Brad); has 3 grown children of her own;

Other family members:

Justin: Peggy’s older brother;  attorney

Jessie: Brad’s younger sister; therapist

And friends frequently referenced:

Eric: ~50 yo struggling cocaine addict, in and out of recovery/sobriety; acquaintance of Hayley’s; still has contacts in the drug world and is a resource for Peggy; he seems to want to help Hayley.

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I added a page like this because my boyfriend said it made sense! I borrowed your idea! Thanks! 🙂

Peggy, I want you to know that I am thinking and praying for you, Hayley, and all the cast of characters.
I hope she got on that plane! I am checking back almost hourly for updates! I pray it is a Happy Mother’s Day for you!

Hello old friend- have been reading your blog from time to time and want you to know that I think of you and Heather very often- I took notes on the 3′ Cs you mentioned from an Al-Anon meeting to share with my adult students, many of whom have family who are addicts of many varieties- know that you are a valuable resource and inspiration for many- with 10,000 visits to your special page you should be proud of the gift you give and what is given to you

Wish you were closer. Thanks for your sweet words. I highly recommend the “How Al-Anon Works”, which contains many simple, helpful slogans and words of wisdom for just plain living a balanced life. I wish I had read this book decades ago. My controlling nature often gets me in trouble with my personal relationships. However, I am learning, and trying to take small steps to change that, one day at a time. Hugs to you.

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