Cyndee Lutz, teaching meditation at the Denver Public Library, says the practice has helped in her recovery. 

(Courtesy Cyndee Lutz)

It was a rude awakening for Cyndee Rae Lutz of Centennial in 2005 when she learned her son was addicted to painkillers. He was in high school at the time and a teacher approached Lutz in school and told her there were rumors. 

As is often the case, Lutz's son started with pills and eventually got hooked on heroin, but she told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner it took her a long time to recognize the addiction because she didn't know to look for signs.

"Crushed by Fear: 'I wondered whether the clothes I put on in the morning would be appropriate when I got the call telling me that my child was dead. After all, I might need to go to the hospital or the morgue, possibly talk with detectives, police, or other authorities. It could be a long and exhausting day, lasting well into the night. No heels. I’d need really comfortable shoes and clothing that wouldn’t interfere with the tasks at hand.'"
From "When Your Heart Belongs To An Addict: A Healing Perspective"
 

Lutz, who is a member of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, wrote "When Your Heart Belongs To An Addict: A Healing Perspective," about her  experience. She teaches yoga and meditation, which she says has helped her in her own recovery.