A dad wrote to me: After 21 years of addiction, my son told me that during his darkest days he knew his family loved him and would welcome him back into the family when he decided to change his life. He told me that while he was working his 12 Steps, this knowledge – that home would stay close – is what gave him hope for the future. Never give up!

My reflection: My son once wrote to me, These last couple months have been trying – for both of us. Thank you for not giving up on me. You believe in me more that I believe in myself. You give me courage and strength.

 Today’s Promise to consider: Where there is life, there is hope. Let us never quit believing that recovery is possible. Addiction wants us to give up and give in. Let’s hold hands, work our own recovery program, and keep fighting the good fight. Let’s never quit believing.

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3 years ago

This is such a hopeful story-21 years of addiction. I can imagine that in the depth of the fog of addiction, a little voice in him just KNEW there was hope. And that hope came from the eternal love that a parent has for their child. We tell our son every time We talk to him how much We love him. I pray that he’ll always remember that the love of his family will never waver. Ever. I hope that knowledge is easily retrieved from deep inside him, when he needs it the most.
A friend told me this was “enabling” him. Expressing deep love for your child isn’t enabling, but may end up being a big part of their recovery.
Bless you all who are suffering.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann
3 years ago

It’s so hard when you try to believe and help, only to find my son doesn’t believe in anything or anyone. He plays the “wo is me” game for pity and money. I still haven’t given up. He knows l am here, but only to help, not to give in.

3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Ann

I get that for sure! The part of them that’s SO self centered is very hard to take. It is like their personality is gone. Like He’s not the same person you knew. A horrible thing for a parent to endure. Keep loving and praying, and taking care of YOU. It took me a long time to do that.
Good for you to stand strong. I did enable, but now I have learned the difference between a steadfast love VS enabling this monster of a disease to continue.

Pat Nichols
3 years ago
Reply to  Laurie

Well said Laurie! Addiction captures our children’s soul. They are being held captive against their will. When they speak or commit an illegal act it is not the child we raised it is Addiction.