By Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot
November 19, 2018

Melissa Suffield spent her childhood trying to keep her mother alive.

When food was scarce, she wandered door to door appealing to strangers so they wouldn’t go hungry.

When her mother locked herself in the bedroom, Suffield charged the door to prevent her from taking drugs.

Her mother was a drug addict so Suffield had to grow up quickly. There was no other option.

“I lived in fear,” Suffield said. “I was always wondering about what she was doing, where she was, what she was going to do, who she was going to be with. I did my best to control that situation.”

Suffield’s story is highlighted in a short video recently released by New Directions for Women, a Costa Mesa-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation provider. The piece will be part of a series highlighting the struggles of children of addicts.

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