Barbara Straus Lodge
Barbara Straus Lodge is a native Angelino 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 with substance use disorder. In TruthTalks™ workshops, parents of young adults caught in the cycle of addiction have the opportunity to dialogue with other kids who’ve found solid recovery. These dialogues, between parents and those kids who’ve “been there” offer rare insight into the motivations and experiences of our own children. Parents learn to de-objectify their “addict” sons or daughters and see their struggles with new eyes. With eyes of compassion. With eyes of love and hope. The simple act of talking to kids in solid recovery opens doors into a fresh new space of understanding our own without stigma or judgment.
She lives in Los Angeles and has two amazing young adult children.
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