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It helps to be crazy with Maureen Towns

Episode 004

“You don’t have to be crazy to support families with mental health and addictions, but it helps.”

Maureen Towns is the founder and owner of Maureen Towns Consulting, a company designed to help families struggling to care for their loved ones with mental health and addictions issues. She learns the hard way (still), and shares her stories of failure, and success to inspire families to rediscover themselves within chaotic and challenging situations. Maureen published her first book Broken Open in 2021 and hosts a podcast by the same name.

Maureen has over 25 years of nursing experience in both public and private healthcare across Canada. Her own family’s struggles with mental illness and addiction transformed her approach to communication, boundary setting, and advocacy, and ultimately led to positive relationships and freedom. Fueled by the lasting positive impact to the many families she’s already helped, her mission now is to bring that wholeness, healing, and freedom to families across the world.



01:11 Meet Maureen

03:00 Broken Open

04:53 Kids and Drugs and Alcohol

11:56 Everything Fell Apart

13:00 Parent’s Love

18:57 Mother’s Journey

21:50 Slow Down

27:30 The Right Treatment/ Beginning of Breaking Open

31:50 Get a Life: A Life Separate from my Kids

32:57 Supporting People that you Love

37:29 Dark Humor

41:55 Becoming Me

50:37 Find Broken Open

51:55 Takeaways


Maureen’s website: https://maureentowns.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parentteenadvocacy
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureen-towns-bscn-ma-77457b71
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maureentowns

Get the Book Broken Open