MIRACLES DO HAPPEN

A dad wrote: I spent weeks trying to find my addicted son. Eventually, I found him and my plan was to kidnap him and take him to safety. I did kidnap him – he looked like a prisoner from a concentration camp – but I didn’t take him to safety. Once I had him with me, I called my counselor who told me to release him immediately. I opened the rear doors to the van, and he stepped out, hugged me, and said, “I love you, Dad.” With tears in my eyes and a broken heart, I hugged him back, and told him I loved him, too. Then I watch him disappear into an apartment complex. I was sure I would never see him again. Today, he is six years clear and sober, a licensed electrician, and a true joy to be around. Miracles do happy. Never give you hope.

My reflection: I, too, thought I could ‘bring him to safety.’ It took me years to realize that the miracle had to come from Jeff, and his God.

Today’s Promise to consider: My son suffered a fourteen-year addiction, ending with him regularly shooting heroin into his neck and damaging the superficial vein system in his arms and legs. Today, he is almost thirteen years sober, productive, spiritual, and an inspiration to me and others. Miracles do happen. Never quit believing.

 

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Thank you I needed to hear that today. I’m taking baby steps to letting go. Today I refused to give him my last $5 which in the past I would have done. I know that sounds ridiculous but I am not where I can just put him out yet. Everytime I have in the past I let him come back because of the shape he was in.

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Good for you Kim! Years ago Joe always asked for $5. I thought he was putting gas in his car

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Nathalia Hiatt

The man who wrote the story has HELPED countless people. We thank him for his honesty and his willingness to share his story which, in turn, helps the rest of who have struggled with a family member with substance abuse issues.

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Karen Baar

What would I do without these notes of hope? My son has been at home after an overdose three weeks ago. He goes to a clinic for suboxone once a week and two meetings a week. Has a job he loves and made decision to give me all cash from his paycheck. I received a text from him this morning. He was cleaning out and found an old stash in a jacket. Sounds like he used. I may need to decide how my boundaries will look with this. My thoughts are I will ask him to attend an IOP program… Read more »

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these notes of hope are so helpful…the roller coaster of this journey takes its toll…even as I try to “work my own in family recovery”….remaining optimistic and keeping calm as difficult comments are said….it is difficult. miracles do happen…i must not quit believing…even as I express this same thought to my son who is in “sorta early recovery”…meaning not gone through a rehab/treatment program but is current on methadone…the problem is the rest of the wellness/pillars of recovery–no meetings, no job…lost his apartment, expelled from school……we have said he can have housing here; trying to get agreements in place…..harder than… Read more »