By any mom with an addicted child
We have a son who is addicted to heroin. I wonder where I failed. I torture myself with those thoughts.
Watching my child self destruct is agonizing. I can’t understand what happened. We talked about drugs and alcohol with our children. We have taken away the keys. Threatened and punished, drug tested, put our foot down and taken him to treatment. Nothing has worked.
Was it because I went back to work part time? Was it because my husband travels? He was little league coach. I was on the PTA.
My husband has started to drink too much to mask the pain. So have I. I have lost weight and hair. My husband’s heart issues have worsened. I can’t enjoy my younger children because I am so focused on my oldest son’s drug problem. I live in fear I will get that call.
I feel such guilt for neglecting the needs of my other children. But I can’t seem to think about anything else. I worry what this is doing to them. I worry they will do this, too. Or maybe they will see and not follow in their brother’s footsteps. It is running through our family like poison.
The isolation is agony. We no longer have a social life or a love life. We argue about what to do. I don’t know what to do. And I blame him sometimes and then blame myself. We can’t seem to fix it. Why won’t someone tell me what to do and how to fix this. I will do whatever it takes.
I picture that cute little boy who I could not pry off that skateboard. My child doesn’t touch one now. The drugs haven taken over his life. And ours, too.
I can’t live like this. I need someone to talk to. But I don’t dare. People have heard, though. And I know there has been gossip. I think he may have even stolen from a few neighbors. I know they think I am a terrible parent.
I was out of town for a day helping my mother. But I am anxious about what I will find when I get back. What disaster will be waiting?
The cops are at our door at least once a month. I am sure the neighbors know something is up. Can’t my son see this is ruining his life? What if he gets a felony? We can’t pay legal fees any more and fix everything he breaks. We just can’t.
We all feel such shame. Please, please please don’t tell anyone.
Note: This post is not written by a specific person. But it could have been written by millions of mothers or fathers who have suffered from the addiction of a child. It’s how most of us feel right at first. It’s how you might feel right now. Silence is keeping the problem alive and moms and dads in the dark.
Talking about it helps. It helps you cope. It helps you find answers and the best resources. Please consider finding a support group today. It will save your sanity. It saved mine. Get support.
Thank you Don Holman for inspiring the idea for this post.