Sandra Swenson is the mother of two sons—one of whom struggles with addiction. A voice for the loved ones of addicts –particularly moms– she first documented her experiences with her son’s addiction in the critically-acclaimed book The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction. An advocate for acceptance, education, healing, and recovery, Sandy can frequently be found sharing her journey through the place where love and addiction meet.
Her second book, Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers With Addicted Children was published by Hazelden in September 2017.
As a follow-up to her beloved meditation book Tending Dandelions, Sandy has written brand new honest readings for mothers living in the place where love and addiction meet. Published in October 2018 by Hazelden, the Readings for Moms of Addicts APP contains 146 new readings that are different from, yet complementary to, the readings in the book Tending Dandelions. Sandy honestly addresses codependency, shame, grief, stigma, and how she came to realize that letting go is not the same as giving up. Wherever you and your child are in your unique recovery journeys, these readings will remind you that you are not alone.
Sandy lives in suburban Minneapolis, MN. When she isn’t writing or speaking at venues across the US, Sandy loves to garden, read and travel.
“Scatter seeds of kindness.” ~George Ade
A vagabond since college, Sandy has found community service opportunities wherever she moved. Between unpacking boxes, hanging curtains, and figuring out where her kids would attend school, Sandy has volunteered as a first grade teacher in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia; co-founded a volunteer group dedicated to providing life-altering medical care to orphans in India; photographed cleft surgery patients for Operation Smile in Dharamsala; founded the Bistro Boyz program where she and a flock of Bistro Galz would shop, cook, and dine with the young men at the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland each week.
“Maybe someday, the ripple-effect of kindness, tumbling like leaves caught in the wind, will tumble along until they reach the people we moms cannot. My child. And theirs.” ~Sandy Swenson, Tending Dandelions