The after shock of an earthquake can be almost as devesting and destructive as the actual earthquake itself when an earthquake occurs. Just as the aftermath of a person drug addiction into recovering can be not only for the addict but the loved ones as well. The addict can experience a different range of things that may happen to them they may go through the withdrawals , anger toward oneself as well as those around them and for awhile an emotional roller coaster of feelings and fears as does the loved ones. The addict may never recover and bounce back and forth between short periods of not using but eventually always returning to the demon they are unable to give up control to .Then the ultimate thing the addict may do is lose the battle completely and die. All of these scenerios have an aftershock for the friends and family of the addict but especially the parent of an addict.
My son used for about 4 strait years mainly marijuanna in the beginning but the last year of his addiction he was strung out on some very hard drugs , meth,coke ,pills, heroine you name a drug and he would try it . No parent ever thinks the day their child is put in their arms he will grow up to be a drug addict actually the worse two lies a parent tells them self is my child would never use drugs and I would know if they were using . I told my self those lies so many times b/c I didn’t want to face what was in front of me a 19 year old drug addict I was afraid to be alone with or to leave in my house by himself . I thought it couldn’t get any worse but I was wrong very wrong he overdosed and than the aftershock of the nightmare began .
He was placed in psych unit b/c he saw dead people ,he heard voices that told him to kill and harm his family he had no idea who he was where he was or who I was his body survived the overdose for the most part but his mind was lost in darkness after shock was a point 8 on the rictor scale at this point. Everyone told me at least he was a live no he wasn’t alive yes he had a heart beat yes he walked ,and ate but other than that my son was gone he was as dead as if the overdose had took his life BUT I could not bury him I had to grieve a living person which is a nightmare within itself more aftershock . No one understood but as with every night comes daylight and with every earthquake and aftershock comes regrowth and new development. The son I watched grow from a little boy into a man with addiction is dead forever and I miss him sometimes very much b/c my new son is different person in lot ways not all good but not all bad he just different he in not my —- . The aftershock is still there almost two years later we rebuild a little each day sometimes we have to bulldoze and start from scratch but we recover