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On my blog, I received a comment from a reader whose 31-year-old daughter had struggled with heroin and crack for years. My reader was a loving mother who had fought in vain to get her daughter to recognize her addiction. Her daughter would fall off the radar for months at a time, sending her mom into a state of limbo—wondering where her daughter was, and at the same time afraid to find out.
When it comes to dealing with your loved one’s addiction, the first year is often the worst year. It feels like an unwanted adventure into the unknown, a journey on a dark and dangerous road that intersects with emotions such as fear, anger, worry and guilt. Even when you force yourself to change direction, your life has been de-railed and it will take time to recover from the detour.
I’m asked every now and then about when I finally reached out help. I can tell you that plenty of people tried to tell me to at least slow down before I ever came close to asking for help. I use to get so mad when ever anybody would say that I should take it easy or that they thought I was drinking too much. In my mind it was none of their business (and I didn’t have a problem anyways).
Prescription drug addiction is the fastest growing sector of addiction in the U.S. From 1998 to 2008 there has been a fourfold increase in the number of Americans admitted to treatment for painkiller abuse.
The Junky's Wife's reflection on discovering her husband's addiction
Something wasn't right. I couldn't tell you exactly what it was, but it was something. My husband just seemed not to be himself. He was oddly absent, almost as if all the lights had gone out in him.
There were other things, too. We'd been married for less than a year, and our relationship had always been marked by romance. Slowly, I felt my husband receding from me.
Hello, my name’s Oscar and I am an alcoholic. My story is something that I get asked about by more people than I thought would ever ask me. I remember when I was drinking and I would run into anybody that was in recovery (I called them losers back then) I would just avoid them. I didn’t have a problem so why should I even get near that person?
For some time now we’ve enjoyed reading posts from some very brave Addiction bloggers out there in the online blogosphere. Some of the journal entries we have come across detail the struggles addicts (and their loved ones) come across so clearly that the sharers have created online pseudonyms to keep their identity anonymous. This got us thinking about sharing some of the addiction blogs we are partial to; for your journey to Sobriety. It doesn’t really matter where you are in that journey or if you’re just here to support someone else on their journey.
Part of healthy recovery is reaching out to others in need, passing on the good word, so to speak. That’s why I, Sober Sam, became excited when I heard our next guest blogger was going to be the one and only Guinevere. Being a Sober Dad, I am moved by her compelling story. Guinevere is not a ‘graduate’ of Pat Moore Foundation, but I’m thinking if she was she would have experienced a Suboxone detox similar to my own.