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Internationally recognised author, Lorelie Rozzano, is a writer, blogger and recovery advocate who works in the field of mental health and addiction helping individuals and their families recover from substance use disorder. As a daughter, mother, wife, and survivor, she offers insight into the world of chemical dependency. Lorelie has given thousands the glasses they need to see addiction from every angle. She has written several books on the topic, including “Gracie’s Secret”, “Jagged Little Edges,” “Jagged Little Lies,” and “Jagged No More.” Lorelie hopes the honesty found in her books will inspire addicted persons and their families to reach out for help.

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  1. Veselina Dzhingarova

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    • Lorelie

      Hi Veselina, please dm me (Lorelie Rozzano) on Facebook for further discussion. Cheers!

  2. Sharyn Martin

    Hi Lorelie,
    I have recently come across your blog and am finding it very interesting. What I am really wanting to hear from others like yourself is what you feel is the best way society can help addicts recover. I feel your saying that mandatory rehab is the way to go if addicts aren’t getting the help themselves and this is what I feel as well, instead of prison and that merry go round cycle that goes nowhere. Are there feasible studies to show what could work or has worked ?. Is there a book that explains everything that happens to the addicts brain including mental health etc that is non fiction and current and on the right path so to speak. I would also like a non fiction guide to help a parent/family member navigate a healthy way/role in their addicted family members life. Hope you can help me, thanks with Love Sharyn xox

  3. Patty

    Thank you for all you have shared. Years ago I read your jagged little edge books to help me understand what was going on with my 17 year old son. It gave me perspective and a willingness to open my mind to his world. Sadly. He passed from an OD 7 years ago and my younger son 8 months ago.
    I will always be grateful for the insight I garnered from your story.
    Mama K

    • Lorelie

      Dear Mama K, I am so very sorry for your loss. Big hugs <3

  4. Thank You for sharing the information

  5. Leanne

    Well I’m just starting out in this journey, for 4 years I’ve been trying to save my daughter. She is now 29, it started with sexual assault as an 8 yr old ( which we didn’t know about)to risky lifestyle as a teenager to separation with 3 children. Then came toppless waiting in order to survive as the father never payed an maintenance, which then lead to escorting seeing how much money there was to make, to domestic violence, rape, stabbing, drugs, dealing drugs,children having to be removed, children abuse, court appearances , lies and lies always telling me what I wanted to hear. Always running and rescuing them.
    I never wanted this or raised my daughter for this I’ve blamed myself every day.
    Then came a time( only recently) that I realised I can’t help her anymore , nothing I’m doing is working. I found naranon last week and someone shared your story. I will have to get the book.

    As a nurse you think I understand but I don’t! I don’t want to understand drugs and addiction they are not in my vocabulary. It started with my sister and I just ignored her and put her in the two hard basket. Now it’s in my face! Why! It’s a question that now I have to go on this journey with her and her children and the trauma she has done. I pray to god every minute of the day to save her. And I believe he will but I now realise it’s going to be a really long hard road for everyone.

  6. Are your books available in dvd form, or something I can listen to? I lost my son due to alcoholism. I read your piece on the Addicts Mom referring to enabling. I wish I could use that writing in the book I plan to write about my late son…’PTSD Awareness from a Scout Mom’. Thank you for what you share♥️

  7. I am 36 years sober, a miraculous gift. My 44 yo son succumbed to his alcoholism 2 months ago. I am reeling with grief, he was disenfranchised in life and now, in death. Very complicated grief, for a wonderful compassionate soul who was so wrongly labeled by the judicial system. We both loved your book. He just couldn’t get sober. I think I can find some relief from this site.
    Addicts are not throw away people. They are typically more humane then most non afflicted. Even his father & siblings showed no empathy upon his passing. Such a sad world we’re living in. The ME 1ST EPIDEMIC. I don’t know what the treatment is for that. We’re doomed as a species when we simply can’t see beyond ourselves.
    My son’s endurance test on earth is over. I so hope he is at peace. A gentle soul, gone. And seemingly, forgotten.

    • Lorelie

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious son.

  8. Hi , I’m looking forward to reading your books and I thank you and god for sharing your strengths and insight on recovery I need all the help I can get . Cheers Deb

    • Lorelie

      Thanks, Deb,

      For more information on addiction and recovery please follow me on Facebook.

      Best wishes!

  9. Melissa King

    Found your site from a post on Facebook and am looking forward to following you and hopefully getting a chance read some of your books.

  10. Jennifer Petherbridge


    I am looking to reprint one of your poems in a magazine.

    Is there a direct email I can contact you at?

  11. Magaly Soto

    Just found this. I look forward to reading your books. I’m the daughter, sister, ex wife, ex girlfriend of alcoholics & addicts. My current boyfriend is on his way to A & D prison for his countless Dui’s. I’m also a recovering addict myself. I hope this will help me to learn more about making healthier choices for myself regarding partners. I always joke that my “picker” is broken but it truly is. I’m a fixer..I’ve been that way since i used to block my father from screaming (drunkenly) at my mom & brother. Unfortunately, I wait to long to walk away from unhealthy relationships. Thank you in advance for having this!!!

  12. Your book made me stronger. Thank you for it, you are doing great job.

    • Lorelie

      Good on you, Adam! Keep going!

    • Lorelie

      Hi Oliver,

      I’m glad you enjoyed book 2 in the series!

  13. Hi you have wonderful knowledge
    I found your website by luck but I am glad I did.

    I have my cousin who uses drugs. We tried everything like rehab counseling but not much help.

    I hope with your guidance we can help him more

    • Lorelie

      Hi Rohit,

      The only way you can fail at recovery is to quit trying. I encourage you, your family and your cousin to keep reaching out. You can also private message me on my Facebook page for more support. Best wishes!

  14. Thank you much for your story…. and Best wishes your daughter by Me…..

  15. Faye Roy

    I read the all to real post by Meshelle Bernice written from the addict view. I have been the enabler of my adult grandson who is a heroin addict. I now only give him a roof and food. I find it would be easier to kick him to the curb if it were not for the mental health issues that preceded the addiction. Why can’t a family member commit a relative on this spiral of suicidal behavior? Jail is a forced sobriety but does not deal with the issues. I have been to court, I have asked for help and find jail is the only motivator that is moving him to seek treatment as a lesser of two evils.

  16. M'Lissa

    I just want you to know what a wonderful woman you are! ??
    You are amazing. We are so lucky you are here on this planet at this time, sharing you wisdom, learning and love.
    I just want to give you a cuddle.
    Thank you! ??
    With so much gratitude, love and deepest respect,
    M’Lissa. Xxx

  17. Brett E Crabtree

    A friend showed me your site a few days ago. I run a rescue mission for men and work with the homeless here in the inner city of Columbus Ohio every day. I have been here 10 years now and I have never seen anything like this, every other day someone OD’s. Most die and they are young. We also have a place for women as well and we help a lot of young girls in their 20’s or younger who are addicted and supporting some pimp who beats her regularly. Your site has given me some things that are a real help. The hardest thing is the parents, never seen such broken people. On the flip side, there is a lot of kids who lose mommy or daddy as well. So sad. Thank you for your blog. Bro. Crabtree

  18. Diane

    Just read a piece on addiction that was so true and beautiful, had to look you up and tell you so

  19. Darlene Pitts

    I am not sure I did the last message right. My sister needs help – 2 mentally ill sons on meth! They are killing her. Need someone to help her I am at a loss

    • Lorelie

      Hi Darlene,

      I’m sorry to hear about your sister. There are many groups available to her if she wants help. Have you talked to her about your concerns?

  20. I just read ur poem on facebook. Its so true and honest eye opening and yet hard to swallow. Im an opiate addict and a mom of four. 2 of my kids r meth addicts and i just am so lost and feel helpless to help them or myself. Feels like i should b able to fix it amd yet nothing works. My best friemd overdosed and died on june 1, 2018 and yet here i m still using. Idk why im telling u this… i guess just needed to tell someone the reality of what my life is like or what im thinking

  21. Tammy Tolbert

    Hello, I just discovered your site after reading some of your poetry on “A Mothers Hope”. Writing has helped me to cope with my daughter and her addiction. If you are looking for contributors I would be happy to share. What I have read on your site so far, has really hit home.
    Thank you, Tammy Tolbert

    • Lorelie

      Hi Tammy, where can I find your writing?

      Best wishes!

  22. Hi Lorelie,

    I hope this finds you well. I am a big fan of your site and its content.

    Are you looking for contributors? I am an amateur addiction blog writer and would be happy to write a blog post or article for you.

    Please let me know!

    Thank you,

    • Lorelie

      Hi Geoff,

      Why don’t you send me something you wrote? You can private message me on Facebook and if it’s right for this page I’ll post it, giving you credit.

      Best wishes!

  23. Cheryl McNatt

    Hi are your books online or carried in book stores?

    Thank you

    • Lorelie

      Hi Cheryl, you can get them online with Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Best wishes!

  24. Becky Osborne

    Hello Lorelei,
    What fabulous things you are doing to help addicts and their friends & families cope with this horrible disease.
    I picked up a copy of your “I NEED to get High” letter at a local school district’s drug awareness program. It is POWERFUL. I would love to share it and give you the credit for it but would not do so without your permission. Shall we talk offline?
    Thank you for sharing your pain and your victories so that others may benefit.

    • Lorelie

      Hi Becky, Thank you for reaching out to me. I’m glad to hear my experience is benefiting others! Hell has an exit, we just need a little help finding it. Please use whatever you find helpful. Best wishes!

  25. Kim kisley

    My daughter is currently 21 days sober n embracing it after an ugly intervention where it looked and felt like this was r last hope n we lost. Lost her to dying sooner than later. She had recently overdosed 2 x’s in same week prior to my brother planning intervention. She’s always been a full force to reckon with good or bad and no matter what her goal was she wld always win or succeed not always in positive way. Even though I truly feel she is gonna also go full force n succeed at winning over her addiction cuz she always does beat her opponent, I still find myself looking up anything and everything to do with addiction like I’m feeling obsessed in a good way. Knowledge is power and the more I learn the more I become obsessed. That’s how I found your letter and as I read it i cried amazed it was everything and ever word I have spoken silently to myself. It made me feel somewhat normal. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lorelie

      thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes to you and your daughter!

  26. Hi Web Admin,

    I just wanted to follow up and see if your website is currently accepting guest blog posts.

    If yes, please let me know asap so I can prep a high quality, unique piece of content that will engage and inform your visitors.

    Either way I hope to hear from you.

    Best Wishes,

    • Lorelie

      Hi Kristine, do you have content I can look at? I’d like to see what you have in mind. Best wishes, Lorelie.

  27. Jeanette Mckenzie

    Hi . I Odered 3 of the jagged littles edges books , hoping you can help me as I have not received these books order approx 3 months ago .

    • Lorelie

      Hi Jeanette, who did you order them from?

  28. Jodene

    You have managed to put in words all my thoughts and feelings, from my addiction thru my recovery! I have a long story that I think God has been wanting me to share but haven’t been able to! Thank you so much!

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  30. Lorelie, I love your stuff! Thanks for what you do.

    Do you take post submissions from other bloggers? My name is John Mabry. I’m a recovering alcoholic/addict. I work for Addiction Campuses and my wife and I blog about our journey. Here’s a sample of one of our addiction-related blogs:

    If you ever post content from other bloggers we’d love to have you share some of our work. You can take something we’ve already written from or we could write something new for you.

    • Lorelie

      Thank you John! I’d be happy to share ab article of yours. Why don’t you choose the one you think best suits my page?

      Best wishes!

  31. Alan Boyd

    Hi Lorelie, may I ask, what is the best tip you can share about starting my own recovery blog?


    [email protected]

  32. Gail

    I just read “I Need to Get High”. What an amazing piece of writing. As the Mom of 2 heroin addicts, I’ve read everything I can get my hands on in order to grasp what happened to my beloved children. Never, ever have I come across anything that so perfectly depicted the loss of their souls to the beast of addiction. This should be required reading for everyone who loves an addict.

    • Patty


    • Luanne

      Where did you find this writing? Is it book?

      • Lorelie

        Hi Luanne,
        I wrote the Jagged trilogy on addiction. As a recovering addict and addiction counselor I’m able to help my readers understand addiction in a way that few people can. Feel free to check out the books by clicking this link. All the best!

  33. suzie culpepper-dunson

    I helped my husband bury his son 29 last wednesday. The day before the funeral we had to create and plan, the bondman took my daughter back to jail for being late on her payment. They looked to me and i sure dont have it now…this letter to my daughter you wrote feels right for me to send…i tried to get her to know they would do what they did if she was late. She has grieved her own two kids so hard and for her life seems so hopeless…now thinking she wont see her kids for years over prison…i dont know if now would be the right time to say that to her? Could it be?

  34. Sheila

    Is there a 3rd book to your Jagged Little Edges and Lies books? I have devoured them faster than any other book in a long time and am SO APPRECIATIVE for what I’ve learned from them.

    • Lorelie

      Yes there is. I’m writing it now and close to the finish line!

  35. Lorraine

    Hi just read your story on fb really trying with recovery but I’ve a drug worker plus a doctor who not helping me could u give any advice thanks it would be most helpful

    • Lorelie

      Hi Lorraine,

      YOu could try NA meetings. Or switch doctors, or tell the one you have you’re struggling with addiction. Or you can call this number if you’re looking for support. 1 888 614-2379. Stay desperate and willing. You can do this.

  36. heather

    Is there a local bookstore that i can purchase these books? Or only on amazon?

    • Lorelie

      Hi Heather, some book stores have them. You’d have to call your local stores and ask. YOu can also ask your librarian to purchase them for loan, or lastly, you can get them online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paper back or e version.

  37. Valerie

    So excited to read your books and this webpage i am very new into my recovery 43 days today but im in love with all the blogs and books and information there is out there to help me understand and see what others have done to face the addiction. Thank you!!

    • Lorelie

      Nice to meet you Valerie. Stay the course, it is SO worth it!

  38. Terri Doyle

    Is there a way to get a copy of the dear mom and dad letter . I lost my 33 yr old son only child to addiction (prescription drugs) 4 years ago this July . Seen this letter this morning and it just hit home . Thank you so much for sharing .

    • Lorelie

      Hi Terri,

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious son. You can copy and paste this onto your browser. Or I can e mail you a copy if you’d like to private message me on face book. You’ll find me under Lorelie Rozzano Author.

  39. Patsy Farrow

    Your information is so knowledgeable. The letters help so many people that I have sent them to. It reminds them that they most of the time could not help with the addiction their love one was suffering.

    Thank you.

  40. Cyndie Basford

    I am the Mother of an addict daughter who is 2 months into treatment. Finding much I can relate to in the few things I have read here. I was definitely her enabler and first go to person. Her drug of choice is Heroin and it is so scary.

    • Lorelie

      Cyndie, there is much to be learned. Addiction is a family illness. Everyone needs support. Healthy boundaries are a must! Reaching outside the family circle for help, will initiate these changes.Good luck!

  41. David Greenspan


    How are you? Well, I hope.

    I just found your blog and am a fan! I like the no nonsense way you break down both active addiction and recovery. It’s rare to find someone that writes HONESTLY about what it’s like. Thank you for spreading the message of hope!

    I write the blog for a treatment center called Lighthouse Recovery Institute. Find our blog here I’ve covered just about all areas of addiction and recovery.

    Anyway, if you like the writing I’ve done, I’d love to be featured on your Resources list. I’m also always open to guest blogging. If you’re interested in either, let me know. If not, no worries at all. Like I said before, thanks for spreading the message and keep it up.


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  43. Jackie B

    I am a writer and director of recovery plays. My recent play on the history of the 12-step movement is being performed in Atlanta, GA during the week of the 14th International Conference of A.A. and I would like to send you a press release so you can consider posting some information on your website. Do you have a contact email I could use?

    Thank you for all you do!

    Jackie B.

    • Lorelie

      Hi Jackie, please pm me on face book and I can put it up. Congrats on your play!

  44. Linda

    Can you please e- mail the article you just posted with the phases of enabling. I have 2 grandparents that really need to read it! Before not there grandaughters my daughter’s die from Heroin addiction! Thank you

  45. marriette

    I am the.mother of an addict..we all fight tha sam fight i a sense..lets unite..

  46. Cheryl-Lee Sager

    I sincerely hope that Lorelie herself, gets to read this message, for that is who this is intended for. I too was a wife (divorced now) am a mother and a grandmother, but have never suffered with my own addiction, other than nicotine but have quit. Instead, I grew up with it, my father was an alcoholic, and worse…I lost a 17 year old son to an addiction a few years ago. I have a question that I am hoping you can help me with Lorelie, how do I get on a path where I can do some public speaking about my story to help others who have children fighting addictions or bereaved families who have lost a child or loved one to an addiction? I am currently a Financial Advisor (12 years) but I have a degree in psychology and not only have I done a lot of public speaking in the past (not on this subject), but I have recently done an intervention of sorts with two young adults who are children of a friend of mine. That Sunday afternoon that I spent with those two young people, turned their lives completely around and told me that I am needed out there. I want to find a way to share my story and help people, but I can not financially just quit my career and hit the road so to speak. My sons addiction cost me my financial security and I am not young anymore (just turned 50). Any advice or direction from you would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Cheryl-Lee Sager

    • Lorelie

      Hi Cheryl,
      I am so sorry for the loss of your son. 17, he was only a baby! Teens need to hear your message! I’d start with your local high schools and upper grade elementary schools. Grade 6 and up. The younger kids can be more teachable than the older teens. Contact treatment services in your area and offer to come in and share your story. Start a blog, or a face book page in memory of your son and share his story. Those are just a few ideas. I hope they help!

  47. Paula long

    i went to santafe Recovery centre! Did you work there?! Your name is just so familiar! I was impatient at a residential tx. Centre.

  48. I am releasing my first book for publication on Monday. Any hints to marketing you can give would be appreciated!

    • Congrats on your book. Book reviews sell books, you might want to start by focusing there. You will need to get your name ‘out there’ By hiring a PR person they can walk you through what works and what doesn’t. Best of luck!

    • Thank you Anna Rose Meeds! I think you’re pretty terrific too!

  49. THANK YOU Lorelie for stopping by my blog, and for your kind words! Lets stay in touch, and do a little networking together 🙂 I’d love to put your link on blog recovery resource page?? Best of Luck with your book, God Bless, Catherine