Author Annie Highwater is a Writer, Speaker, and Family Advocate.   She is a life-long researcher of Behavioral Science with particular interests in family pathology and concepts of dysfunction and conflict.  In 2016, Annie published her memoir, Unhooked: A Mother’s Story of Unhitching from the Roller Coaster of Her Son’s Addiction. Her story is especially relevant in helping us all understand the personal challenges facing parents and family members, and how family dynamics both help and hinder the recovery process. Annie is in the midst of completing her second book, which will be out in late 2017.


My Mission

There are more people affected by addiction than addicted.  We are in the midst of an epidemic of addiction that is not only not stopping, it’s not slowing down.  My mission is to promote hope and healthy dialogue regarding the profound impact addiction, mental health, alcoholism and substance use disorder (SUD) have upon those in the peripheral. The “entourage.”  As well as to offer support, information and encouragement to the stressed out, affected Moms, Dads, family members, partners and friends of anyone struggling.  I believe no one should have to go through it alone.

(I do not work with, for or promote any political party, organization or specific recovery process exclusively.)

~Annie Highwater

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Unhooked FB page

Huffington Post feature article


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Treatment and Recovery:

Soba Recovery Center: 1-866-547-6451



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  1. I’ve suffered for 5-years living with a son who struggles with addiction. So, when I learned that the guy I had been dating wasn’t sober, already in love with him, I chose to stay. 18-months later, he continues to struggle with alcohol. We work, together, on his sobriety. Just yesterday I told him I wouldn’t leave him. He has lost so much to this disease and none of this loss was the bottom he supposedly needed to hit to find a cure. Saturday night when he called me at the last minute to cancel our plans, I knew why. Instead of fighting with him, or telling him how disappointed I was to not be going out, I bought take-out to his house. We had our dinner. He didn’t have any more to drink -his own choice – because I was there. I chose to stay. He is more than his disease. We can move forward together. Please don’t ask me what I’m doing with him. I love him.

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