The Addict's Mom finds support on Facebook

Barbara Theodosiou started a Facebook to confort families dealing with addiction. Now she's receiving help for her son. 

Every day, the Daily Dot finds something that people on Facebook are sharing and, in turn, shares it with you—with a little explanation. Here's today's share.

Facebook users are thrilled that one young man checked himself into rehab.

Almost 50,000 people have liked a photo of a smiling young man, captioned “Daniel went into detox got himself back into a halfway house without my help and has 4 days clean.”

The picture was posted by Daniel’s mother, Barbara Theodosiou. She’s the founder of  The Addict’s Mom, an online support group for mothers whose children struggle with addiction. Though she’s helped lots of women cope online, Barbara has had significant struggles of her own.

Just two weeks ago, she posted on her Timeline that things had hit rock bottom.

“Daniel has relapesed [sic] for the 3rd time in the last few months. I am making the tough decision to walk away. … I want to scream WHY...but I know I am not I walk with each of you hand and hand.”

Theodosiou’s personal posts are important to a huge swath of the Facebook fans who have friends or loved ones dealing with addiction.

“These posts have helped be immensely. My younger son tried so hard to make it but now he is my angel. Pls pray for my surviving son,” commented Janette Smith.

That Daniel has gone from losing his mother’s support to voluntarily checking himself into rehab helps explain why so many users have flocked to Theodosiou’s photo.

“From one of these Moms to another, I will pray for peace and strength for you both,” wrote Laura Mcalister.


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