The mother in this story struggled with substance abuse and depression, so she was often tired, irritable and somewhat paranoid about others’ intentions. She entered a treatment program for family reunification and through program relationships and therapy with staff, she began to change her view of self and others. A story, Don’t Let the Leeches Suck You Dry (Pernicano, 2012), was instrumental at the time in helping her make a relationship decision. She continued to struggle with substance and health problems, but that one small change was significant for her.