Motivated by Motherhood, Stalked by Addiction

In the viral obituary of a 30-year-old single mother, one family shares with heartbreaking honesty how Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir enjoyed 12 sober days at home before her opioid addiction “stalked her and stole her once again,” they wrote in the Vermont newspaper Seven Days.

Linsenmeir struggled with addiction for years. To many, it overshadowed the “hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient” young woman her family knew. They saw a young mother motivated to transform her life. But relapsing and losing custody of her son proved unbearable, re-starting the all-too-common cycle of a disease that “would not let her go until she was gone.”

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