What Happens if You Quit?

Mother Abandonment can be devastating. Listen in as Dawson helps Cody come to grips with its’ long-lasting impact on his life.


(Introduction) When your student or young adult is in crisis, where can you turn for help… a call with Dawson McAllister.

Dawson: Hello, Cody! What’s happening, my friend?

Cody: Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a real bad problem with depression. But it’s not just depression over the same old stuff that I’m used to. Starting back whenever I was 8 years old, my mom got into a lot of trouble with the law, and she left me with my aunt. That was the first real rejection that I’d ever felt. And now I really don’t feel like I belong anywhere. I don’t want to fight anymore. I don’t want to try to prove that I am worth something to somebody.

Dawson: You’re 21, Cody. What happens if you give up the fight at 21? Some of your depression may be chemistry, a lot of it is flat-out mother abandonment. Where would you be at 25 or 30… would you just be a vegetable or drop totally out of life or where are you going to end up?

Cody: I have attempted to kill myself before… it didn’t work. And my sister has kept me from it, but she doesn’t need me.

Dawson: Well, you’re going to have to do it for yourself, not for your sister, not for anybody else. You have too much to offer for you to quit.


fight some more,and then fight some more after that.

You can get to the other side. Yes, it’s a challenge, but you can overcome this, because there’s nothing left if you quit.

(Conclusion) It’s a tough world for our teens and young adults. TheHopeLine is a safe place for them and a help to those who love them. Check out the resources at: TheHopeLine.com/radio.

Your Friend,
Tim Altman
President and CEO
Dawson McAllister Association/TheHopeLine, Inc.

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