When a loving mother is faced with the overwhelming burden of her teens' substance abuse.

When She Stopped Asking Why: Facing Teen Substance Abuse with Vulnerability – BtR 404

Join us as we delve into the powerful world of vulnerability and storytelling with a parent who faced the challenge of teen substance abuse.

When faced with the difficult journey of her teens’ addictions, she discovered the transformative power of sharing her story, but will she find the strength to overcome the obstacles ahead?

Letting Go to Get Them Back: A Mom’s Journey Through Teen Addiction

Just when Marsha Vanwynsberghe, host of the Own Your Choices Own Your Life Podcast, thought she was alone in her struggles, she stumbled upon a supportive community of 100,000 parents facing similar challenges. As she delves into her journey of navigating teen substance abuse, she uncovers the power of vulnerability and storytelling in ways she never expected. But what she does next will leave you on the edge of your seat, eagerly awaiting the next chapter of her inspiring story.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Embrace personal growth through the art of letting go.
  • Learn the importance of vulnerability and storytelling in healing.
  • Take charge of your narrative by making empowering choices.
  • Harness the power of connection for transformative healing.

My special guest is Marsha Vanwynsberghe

Marsha Vanwynsberghe’s journey is a powerful testament to the resilience and courage required when facing the challenges of teen substance abuse. Her story highlights the profound impact of vulnerability and storytelling in navigating through daunting circumstances.

Marsha’s candid account lays bare the isolation and stigma often associated with such experiences, emphasizing the vital role of empathy and understanding within a community. Her realization that she wasn’t alone in her struggles, upon discovering a supportive network of 100,000 parents in a Facebook group, ignited a passion to advocate for change and offer solace to others in similar situations.

RESOURCE: American Addiction Centers, Teenage Addiction Guide for Parents of Addicts: Part I

By embracing vulnerability and sharing her story, Marsha not only found healing but also became a beacon of hope for those seeking guidance and connection. Her journey serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of storytelling and the profound impact it can have on building a community of empathy and support.


00:03:48 – Building a Strong Relationship

00:11:49 – The Isolation of Struggling Parents

00:14:49 – Finding a Tribe and Healing

00:16:01 – Toxic Environments and Finding Support

00:18:19 – Parenting and Shifting Narratives

00:26:24 – The Power of Vulnerability

00:32:24 – Self-Care and Narrative Reframing

00:34:53 – Owning Your Story

Discover effective strategies for teen substance abuse and recovery.

Marsha Vanwynsberghe shares her personal experience of navigating through her sons’ drug addiction, highlighting the importance of finding suitable support and guidance for them. Understanding that there is no absolute control over a child’s choices, she underscores the effectiveness of letting go and encouraging them to take responsibility. Crucially, Marcia’s story provides beneficial strategies for managing teen substance abuse, reinforcing the role of open communication and collaboration with schools and counseling services.

Embrace personal growth by learning to let go.

In her journey through her sons’ addiction, Marsha learned about the power of letting go. Recognizing she could not control her sons’ choices, Marsha discovered the importance of focusing on personal well-being and self-care.

Her message promotes the concept that personal growth and development arise from releasing expectations of control and concentrating on becoming the best version of oneself.

Harness the power of vulnerability and storytelling for positive change.

Marsha’s story accentuates the significance of vulnerability and storytelling as tools for inducing positive change. Sharing her experiences, she found a community of people facing similar struggles, resulting in mutual support and personal healing. Marsha promotes the concept that owning one’s story and sharing it with others leads to empowerment and fosters a sense of belonging, ultimately transforming painful experiences into a source of hope and healing.

Marsha Vanwynsberghe’s Bio

Marsha Vanwynsberghe — Storytelling NLP Trainer, Speaker, Publisher & Author, 2xs Podcaster

Marsha is the 6-time Bestselling Author of When She Stopped Asking Why.  She shares her lessons as a parent who dealt with teen substance abuse that tore her family unit apart. Marsha has been published seven times, most recently with her co-platform, Every Body Holds A Story, and she is on a mission to continue to help women and men to speak, share and publish their stories. 

Through her tools, OUTSPOKEN NLP certification, programs, coaching, and podcast, Marsha teaches the power of Radical Responsibility and Owning Your Choices in your own life.  She empowers people how to heal and own their stories, be conscious leaders and build platform businesses that create massive impact.

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Reach out to Marsha V to book her for your organization, coaching, and more at https://www.marshavanw.com/ 

Subscribe to Marsha’s YouTube Channel.

If you’re a parent in the United States who has teenagers struggling with substance addiction, help is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA) and the SAMHSA Hotline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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