Pam has lived in the shadow of addiction her entire life. Growing up in a family where substance use was prevalent, Pam was determined that addiction would not impact her family So when her son became affected at the young age of 12 Pam set out on a mission to understand the disease, how it impacted families and what the recovery process looked like not just for her son, but for herself as well.
As a result Pam started a non-profit in Minnesota called Thrive Family Support which helps families nationally connect to resources, education and support. Pam is also a certified family recovery coach, peer recovery specialist,Invitation to Change and CRAFT practitioner and Arise interventionist. Pam is passionate about helping families use evidence based best practices in order to move their loved ones toward change and believes that a healthy family gives their loved ones the best opportunity to activate their own personal recovery. She is also a fierce advocate for humane treatment of those suffering from substance use, the availability of harm reduction and the de-stigmatizing of those suffering from the disease of addiction.
Pam is the author of the Facebook page and book Praying Our Loved One Home. She is the mother of 4 amazing children, a grandmother of 10 and has been married to her husband Paul for 40 years.
Book: Praying Our Loved One Home
Blog: Our Marvelous Mess
Facebook group: Thrive Family Addiction Support