Families in Recovery
When addiction invades your home, it forces you to try to figure out how you might be able to help a child who seems beyond reach. Study your unique style of enabling to find your hidden strengths.
As parents of addicts, we each have our own “catastrophe” story. Whether we meet in support groups or battle alone, we become “initiated” into a club we never wished to join, as parents of sons and daughters with a potentially deadly, progressive brain disease.
When parents finally “come in off the street” to get help with the serious substance abuse of their addicted child, in many ways we closely resemble our down-and-out addict with our worn, drawn faces, vacant stares, and slumped shoulders.
My relationships are the most valuable things in my life. But when our third child, a son, found himself in the throes of active addiction, my dream of an intact, united family flew out the window.