“You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.”
-Edwin Louis Cole
A parent’s choices can transform the lives of their children – for good or for ill. When those choices revolve around drugs or alcohol, it fills the house with the oppression of addiction and dysfunction, setting those children down a path few believe they can escape.
The early ‘Tough on Drugs’ campaigns focused on the harms of addiction, portraying the ragged truth of needles and shame. They painted a picture of dread and dismay, a hollow world that could capture the unwary with the enticement of a quick high, while leaving them empty, addicted and broke. Those same campaigns often shared another harsh reality – that children of drug addicts often go on to become drug addicts themselves.
These homes become prisons where addiction rules and all safety has fled. Love may still speak, yet the drugs call louder, and for the children left behind, life is seldom peaceful.
Yet even through the shadows and the pain, there is hope. There is a way out – and there is a brighter tomorrow.
International speaker, best-selling co-author, rock star wife and mom, Valencia Griffin-Wallace has a little story to tell you; one that will get you on your feet and show you that there’s no such thing as “I can’t make it”…the story of her own life!
Heart wrenchingly honest and poignant, Valencia’s story is a painful look through the eyes of a “Motherless Child”, one that opens the door to forgiveness, rebirth and transformation.
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Valencia Griffin-Wallace is an international speaker, bestselling author, radio show host, and entrepreneur. She is passionate and committed to the lives of women overcoming adversity to become successful. She helps women overcome adversity to gain unapologetic confidence by teaching them how to focus on their strengths and be resourceful. Confidence, vision, and goals can help a person overcome anything.
She has overcome many adversities such as growing up with parents in addiction which she details in her book, Motherless Child. She uses her experience to inspire and educate her Define U community through Define U Radio, Define U movement and her annual conference, Define U Live. Currently, she is producing an anthology Through The Valley.