Barbara Straus Lodge is a native Angeleno who earned a B.A. In English from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. She is a graduate of the UCLA Creative Nonfiction Writer’s Program and her personal essays, mostly about her family’s struggles with addiction, have appeared in Parabola Magazine, The Rumpus Voices on Addiction, Chicken Soup for the Soul Random Acts of Kindness, The Good Men Project, New York Times Motherlode Blog, the LA Affairs section of the Los Angeles Times and a variety of Anthologies. Barbara was also a 2017 guest blogger for Speakers for Change and Facing Addiction.
She teaches writing to incarcerated young girls through WriteGirl, a Los Angeles based mentoring program, and is the founder of TruthTalks™ workshops which offer hope to parents of young adults struggling with addiction. In TruthTalks™ workshops, parents of active “addicts” have the opportunity to dialogue with kids who’ve found solid recovery. These dialogues, (with those kids who’ve “been there”) offer rare insight into their motivations and experiences. As a result, parents often de-objectify their “addict” sons or daughters and begin to see their struggles with new eyes. There is no room for stigma or judgment. The act of talking and listening to kids in recovery opens doors into a new space where parents can connect with their own children through compassion, empathy, and love.
She lives in Los Angeles and has two amazing young adult children.
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Pact Press is proud to include Barbara’s essay in our 2018 anthology, The Opioid Epidemic.