This is our new war. This addiction epidemic.
Nothing makes you feel so helpless– watching your loved one self destruct. You want to fix it. But you can’t. And you may have finally realized that.
You can’t make them choose recovery. No matter how much you want it. They have to want it.
And if they do choose it. You can’t do it for them.
There are things you can do.
It’s not just the addicted that need to shift.
It’s not just “their” problem. It’s our problem.
We need to shift. Families. The community. Everyone.
You need to go into recovery, too.
We need to learn what to do. We need to learn to let go. We need to learn to live with it without imploding or projecting. We need to learn how to react and how to speak to our loved one who suffers. We need to figure out how to hold onto hope. Set boundaries. Be prepared to act when they say they need help, no matter how inconvenient.
And finally, we need to love them and let them know we still do love them. Somehow. Even when they are using.