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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Melissa Gilbert is helping Kids stay off drugs


Melissa Gilbert Helps Parents 

Fight Kids' Addictions



By any account, Melissa Gilbert has had a successful show business career, from the time she played Laura on "Little House on the Prairie," to many successful TV movies to her two term stint as president of the Screen Actor's Guild.

However, her most personal job may now become her most rewarding: As the official spokeswoman for The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children.

Gilbert wants to eradicate the stigma that surrounds addiction especially because of her own battles with addiction.

Former 'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert, here with her son, Michael, is now the spokeswoman for The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. (Theo & Juliet)
Theo & Juliet
Former 'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert, here with her son, Michael, is now the spokeswoman for The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. (Theo & Juliet)
It's a daunting task for anyone, but one that Gilbert feels she had to take because of the ways drug addiction and alcohol abuse have affected both her and members of her family over the years.

"Our family has been through it with one of our kids pretty intensely," Gilbert said. "He got arrested, this quadruple-parented boy, my stepson, and we walked him through this process. I was really amazed. As a sober alcoholic and someone who definitely did drugs, we, as parents, can't say to our kids we never tried it or did it; that would be totally hypocritical.

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