Drug addiction takes so much & so many different things not only from the addict but from the loved ones of addicts as well. Material things are taken by the addict from loved ones to pay for their addiction and at times addicts will steal from others as well causing more things to be taken. Time is a huge thing taken b/c days,weeks,months and years are stolen from all those affected by the drug addiction the addicted is consumed with.
During the time that things are being taking those affected by it really don’t always notice their losses how can they when they are slowly being taken from them sometimes daily and sometimes momentarily but always being taken. The major things taken that can never be replaced are memories and moments of memories. I had the memories of my son going to social, prom and graduating high school , having a girlfriend or just hanging out with his friends doing normal things those things were replaced with getting in trouble going to jail, quitting school and just not caring what his actions took from others.
One thing that is never taken when dealing with someone who you love is a drug addict is tears there is always an abundance of tears and heart ache . Those will never be taken during the addiction b/c that is all the drug addict has to give during that time of their life.
There is some hope especially when the person begins and stays in recovery the drug addiction is taken and the drug addict no longer exist as long as they stay on the road to recovery. My son is 21 months clean but the child I gave birth to was taken with the drug addiction and aftermath that comes with addiction I now have a new person who is my son who I am coming to know b/c love and trust are also taken during the period of time when all the addict has to give is to take everything from everyone else.
How many loved ones of addicts had things that were never taken from them and how do you try to to move on and forward so that you can receive from the one who hurt you so much ?