Addiction has changed my life in the following ways:
*I know the fear of nearly losing a child to the disease of addiction
*I know addiction doesn't discriminate. Old, young, rich, poor, educated, uneducated.
*I know addiction is a disease. I have learned how it rewires one's brain. I would have never educated myself on this issue as much as I have had it not been for the love I have for my son.
*I have learned a lot of people are uneducated on the topic, which causes them to be rude, insensitive and just plain jerks.
*I have learned I must take a stand on the issue of addiction. Try to educate people myself, in a loving way. It's hard sometimes.
*I have learned about harm reduction, and how it doesn't enable, contrary to what most people believe.
*most importantly I have learned addicts aren't "junkies" they are human beings, in need of love, encouragement and support.
My husband is 15 years sober this October. His last drink was October 10th, 2003, the night before we got married. His alcohol addiction cost him emotionally, financially and relationally. He had an ultimatum, me or the alcohol. I am forever grateful he chose me.
My 22 year old son was clean from IV meth and heroin a year on January 13th of this year. His addiction began with pot in high school. When he arrived at the IU Bloomington campus he tried anything and everything, leading to a heroin overdose in a gas station parking lot, an arrest and 3 days in jail, failing classes, 25k in student loans, his savings account, on and on.....
I asked if he wanted to come home. He said yes. He went through detox at home before entering treatment for the second time.
Fast forward to today, he works 40 hours/week at the same restaurant he has worked at since high school, he bought himself a new (to him) mustang, he is running 4 miles/day and paying back his student loans faithfully. He is my hero and I am so proud to be his Mom.