A mom wrote to me: My son keeps trying to push his addiction. He has been sober for nine months. This past week, he decided to “try” and drink again. I keep telling him, you can’t drink and drug, and of course I got the, “I am getting healthier, Mom,” spiel. He got so sick when he came home he threw up with such force that he busted veins in his face. He is not allowed to drink in our home, but for now I’ll let the situation play itself out. The consequences might do the trick. I keep praying!

My reaction: Father Martin at Father Martin’s Ashley, Jeff’s first recovery center, told this story, “There was an alcoholic who, after 20 years of sobriety, decided he was healed. He walked into a bar on his way home from work and had a drink. He left after the drink, proud of himself. The next day, he stopped again. Two drinks this time, leaving after the second drink. On the way home, he thought he had this addiction thing under control. The next day, he stopped again for a few drinks and never made it home.”

Today’s Promise to consider: Changing behavior is difficult, and many medical experts believe that addiction and alcoholism are life-long conditions that require constant vigilance. As time passes, it’s human nature to tend to forget how bad the bad things were in our lives. If my loved one relapses, I will allow him to feel the consequences of his choices. I am grateful he is sober today, and I pray he chooses health tomorrow.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
11 years ago

This week’s meditation really hit home for me. It was a relapse that took my son’s life. After about 2 years of sobriety, my son relapsed and thought he could do as much heroin as he used to. That was his first and last mistake. So many addicts think they can ingest the same amount of drug as their bodies were use to ingesting years before.

Relapse is a very important part of the recovery process. Relapse helps teach the addict that they must make lifelong changes in their behaviours. Sobriety must take precedence in the addict’s life in order for relapse to be nil.

It’s so difficult for parents to have sympathy for relapses. Our first feelings are so full of disappointment that it’s overwhelming. We just want to crawl in a hole and never climb out.

As difficult as it is, we as parents, must have patience through the relapses. Something that is nearly impossible to achieve.

Keep praying. It is my saving grace. Thank God.

With much love and God’s blessings,


Pat Nichols
11 years ago

Barbara makes an excellent point.

When relapse occurs, after a long period of sobriety, the addiction feels it needs to “catch up,” so our addicted children over dose.

My favorite story is the alcoholic who jumps off a thirty story building and after each floor he says, “So far, so good!”

Libby’s final comment is why I always suggest parents keep a detailed written journal.

We, as parents, also tend to forget how bad the bad times were so we end up repeating the same unhealthy choices. However, reviewing a journal allows us to put the situation in proper prospective, therefore allowing a better opportunity to maintain appropriate boundaries.

In prayer for all our children and their families.

8 years ago
Reply to  Pat Nichols

Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?

I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

Look at my page :: garcinia cambogia fat blocker – Gerardo

11 years ago

Pat and Barbara make such excellent points and I relate to both of their posts. My son’s overdose 2 years ago almost took his life. It was a devastating relapse involving multiple drugs. He ended up in critical care on a ventilator. He is very lucky to be alive without major deficits.

It is very hard to be patient through relapses. Barbara is so right. Crawl in a hole and cry. I was always so disappointed and sad during relapse and it took my hope away. But relapse is a teacher too and my son did come out of relapses with more wisdom than before. But watching recovery is like watching the grass grow for sure.
Love to all of you who are affected by this disease

11 years ago

Dear Barbara, Pat and Jane, Thanks for your good comments. Jeff’s relapses knocked me to the ground and trampled me. I hated the addiction and hated the intolerable pain. It took a long time for me to understand that relapse is part of recovery, and even longer for me to accept. My love to you. May God bless us all.

garcinia cambogia vital mend
Reply to  Libby

Its like you read my thoughts! You seem to understand so much about this, such as you wrote the ebook in it or something.
I believe that you can do with some p.c. to drive the message house a
little bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog.
A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

my site :: garcinia cambogia vital mend

11 years ago

Thank you. As a parent dealing with a son in relapse I realize that no matter how hard I try to muster courage and go forward in my life– I am not immune–for wherever my son is in recovery or active addiction–I still live in fear. I am not transcending this pain. Please send prayers. For him. And me. and all of us. WE need some peace. And rest. Much love. zo

8 years ago
Reply to  Hope

Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to
new posts.

Here is my page diet pill; Adriene,

11 years ago

Dear Hope,

You and your son are in my daily prayers. I pray that soon you will find the peace you deserve. It’s so difficult to let go and let God. I know the fear you are feeling. It’s overwhelming. I pray that you find peace for just a minute, an hour, a day.

Try to keep your spirits up and think positively.

Hugs and love,

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

You want to make certain that you might be doing
all that you could to maintain your jewellery. It is important
to you as a result of not only is there a special which means behind it, but it’s quite worthwhile as effectively.

This article will provide tips on easy methods to properly care for your jewellery.

Feel free to surf to my web site – Danon Jewellery Sale (Gregg)
8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

In case you knit or crochet, you should utilize yarn to create chokers and

Feel free to visit my page – Danon Jewellery Online (

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

However, often, huge rings might be measured by the centre of the
ring and some jewellers use this technique for all ring widths.

Also visit my blog; Danon Jewellery (Almeda)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

I have a weblog based upon on the identical data you discuss and would really like to have you share some tales/info.

Feel free to surf to my web site: Danon Jewellery Stockist (Marita)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

But with Danon girls simply cannot stop there, you must have the entire set.

Here is my web site – Danon Jewellery Online – Leo,

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Think twice about what stones you want in your jewelry. Attempt to
choose a stone that meshes well along with your taste or personality.
Also, contemplate what seems good on you.

Also visit my web blog … Danon Jewellery Stockist (Pearl)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Phantasm settings are an effective way to get
more bang out of a diamond.

My blog :: Danon Jewellery Sale; Gracie,

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

You may have an interest in the matching earring and necklace.

Stop by my homepage … Danon Jewellery Sale (Carolyn)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

The subsequent step is to think about a cost
in your time.

Look at my web blog :: Danon Jewellery Online (Dianne)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

A boatneck top looks greatest with a protracted, dangling necklace.

Also visit my page :: Danon (Joesph)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

There was clearly a certain amount of exposure inside the public press and on the world-wide-web lately that low-priced trend jewellery might be damaging to a ladies dermis.

Also visit my blog :: Danon Jewellery (Reuben)

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Don’t purchase any chemical options that promise to have
your jewelry sparkling better than anything else.

The only thing that that you must have available to maintain jewelry clean is
soap and water.

my web-site Danon Jewellery Online [Zac]

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Trend jewelry for ladies includes some of the finest collections on the earth.
There are a lot of reasons for the widespread reputation and use of beauty jewellery as it is known generally.

Feel free to surf to my web-site :: Danon Jewellery Sale, Sadye,
8 years ago

Well written article. It will be useful to anybody, including
me. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to read more posts.

Also visit my web blog :: seven mountains movement wiki (

best hammocks
8 years ago

The mid weight treking boots are most likely the most prominent choice of both kinds and could
be worn for many off path hiking along with the a lot more kept tracks.

Also visit my web blog :: best hammocks

8 years ago

Hi i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i
read this post i thought i could also create comment due to this good paragraph.

Feel free to surf to my webpage – andrew dorko jr total marketing concepts (Byron)

ocean city maryland rental condos

It’s not my first time to visit this web site, i am visiting this website dailly
and get fastidious facts from here every day.

Also visit my homepage :: ocean city maryland rental condos

natural product
8 years ago

This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.

I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post.
Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

my blog … natural product

Excellent post. I’m going through a few of these issues as well..

Review my webpage … megadrox free trial []

8 years ago

First off I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick
question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear
your mind prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getring my
ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like
the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just tryin to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints?


local search marketing

Initial step towards locating appropriate hiking trousers is to understand which
includes hiking trousers should have.

Here is my blog post – local search marketing

8 years ago

I know most women love The Pets Shop products, If you
love pets, hurry over to Sunfrog where Pets Shirt has dropped in price to $$$ 20, Read More!!

8 years ago

As well as make sure to find one that deals with your skin type whether it’s completely dry, sensitive, typical,
oily or a combination.

Visit my weblog :: – Antoinette,

highest rated bongs
8 years ago

There are various manufacturers of multi-tasking” Bongs on the
market obtainable in at the moment’s market, however a few of them can seem
pretty sophisticated to make use of.

trekking pole reviews
8 years ago

Some who join this type of outdoor camping feel that it brings a closer
kind of bonding, as members end up being more mutually
dependent than they would otherwise remain in contemporary culture 10 Social camping can likewise construct
more of a bond between members of the same family members and between different family members.

Feel free to visit my web blog – trekking pole reviews

marketing small business

Initial step in the direction of finding appropriate treking trousers is to
well known which showcases treking trousers should have.

Here is my web page; marketing small business

seo online
8 years ago

Its such as you read my mind! You seem to grasp a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it
or something. I feel that you just can do with a few percent to power
the message house a little bit, however instead of that, that is magnificent blog.
An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

Feel free to surf to my webpage; seo online

8 years ago

I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and exposure!
Keep up the excellent works guys I’ve included you guys to my own blogroll.

Take a look at my web page garcinia cambogia success stories (Juliet)

8 years ago

What are you hanging around for?

Here is my weblog; Danon Jewellery (Oren)

hiking stick reviews
8 years ago

Starting October 15, the only loop open for camping will certainly be D-Loop (websites 154-197).

Also visit my web-site: hiking stick reviews

8 years ago

My brother recommended I might like this website.
He was totally right. This post actually made my day.
You cann’t imagine just how much time I had
spent for this info! Thanks!

Feel free to visit my webpage – garcinia cambogia
zen (Shelley)

Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone
3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
Carry on the great work!

my blog post …

8 years ago

Guarantee your visitor that your tips are simple– everyone likes faster ways,
straightforward tricks, and also uncomplicated solutions.

Feel free to surf to my site – More Information –

seven mountains campground reviews

Truly wonderful information can be found on this web

Also visit my blog seven mountains campground reviews
8 years ago

If yow will discover a pre-owned luxurious watch, it can be just as superb as shopping for it new.

8 years ago

An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment.
I do think that you ought to write more about this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but
typically people do not speak about such issues.
To the next! All the best!!

Feel free to visit my site – proxy

8 years ago

It has relied on the backing of males’s model powerhouse Mr.

Porter to promote watches for up to $37,000 apiece.

8 years ago

I do not even know the way I stopped up right
here, however I thought this post was once great. I don’t recognise who
you’re but definitely you are going to a well-known blogger if you happen to aren’t already.

Here is my web site andrew dorko total marketing concepts (Tomoko)

8 years ago

Describe Your Blog: Ideas, Insights, Details and also Motivation for
Business owners.

Also visit my blog – News, Adam,

8 years ago

When a person heads to an internet site like Oranum
for a spiritual reading, when these experts come to
the site these experts will discover there are actually pros within this industry with varying background including astrologists, tarot card masters, clairvoyants, therapists as well as several others.

My website; Lazaro

ADA Outdoor camping rooms lie on normally level ground close
to walking paths, entryways and also leaves with simple access to shuttles.

Check out my blog;

8 years ago

I examined my eyes in the 10x compose mirror as well as was frightened to discover tiny little fractures along my reduced lid, and the next
day I would have puffiness simply along that area.

Feel free to visit my web-site … – Cortez

walking stick reviews
8 years ago

Choose the brand names, category, condition, dimension, as well as other characteristics you
want and we’ll produce a customized listing of outdoor camping equipment that fit your

Also visit my website … walking stick reviews

8 years ago

I always used to read article in news papers but
now as I am a user of net therefore from now I am
using net for articles, thanks to web.

My weblog :: Zen Pro Cannabidiol (Oscar)

ocean city cabins
8 years ago

For latest news you have to visit the web and on internet I
found this web page as a most excellent website for most recent

Feel free to visit my homepage – ocean city cabins

Hiking Stick Reviews
8 years ago

At Walmart, you’ll discover Everyday Low
cost on all the devices you require for your next camping journey, from tents and also backpacks to blades and also tools.

Feel free to surf to my webpage: Hiking Stick Reviews

8 years ago

I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to
do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like
to find out where u got this from. thank you

my weblog garcinia cambogia weight [Esperanza]

classick hammocks
8 years ago

The Rab Treklite Pants are good for hiking, alpinism and also all other exterior tasks during all 4

My web page … classick hammocks

8 years ago

On March 5, 2002, Kirk Kirlin (Kieran) dispersed heroin to Joshua Webb, and also using this heroin by Webb caused
his death.

promotional ideas
8 years ago

Through modern innovations army boots are now produced
in numerous patterns such as the desert boots, jungle
boots, jump boots, vessel boots and also winter boots.

Feel free to surf to my web page: promotional ideas
8 years ago

A number of newcomers will even be exhibiting for the
primary time at SIHH (Salon Worldwide de la Haute
Horlogerie), the first main worldwide watch event of the 12 months, held January 18-22 in Geneva.
8 years ago

Regardless of a few of these being priced new close to manufacturers within the true Luxury class, the
heavier discounting when new, stylish styles that turn out to be dated and poorer
long term sturdiness depreciate their value rapidly.

buy bongs
8 years ago

Water bongs are made only of borosillicate glass also called Pyrex , very robust and lightweight material.

8 years ago

Thanks for your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading
it, you’re a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and
definitely will come back later in life. I want to encourage that you continue your great
writing, have a nice afternoon!

Here is my web-site miracle garcinia cambogia – Dena,

Proxy unblocker
8 years ago

Highly descriptive blog, I liked that a lot. Will there be a
part 2?

Here is my webpage … Proxy unblocker

local search engine optimization

Right here is the right blog for anyone who would like
to understand this topic. You realize a whole
lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa).

You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that has
been written about for ages. Great stuff, just great!

Feel free to surf to my weblog – local search engine optimization

8 years ago

Hi to all, the contents existing at this website are truly awesome for people knowledge, well, keep
up the good work fellows.

Here is my web site: garcinia cambogia yelp (Celsa)