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




What If

What  if  two very  little  words  with  so much meaning and  impact.  What  if  he  never had  become a  drug  addict  what  would  his  life be  like  now  instead of the  way it is.  What if  he  used  and  it  scared him  so he never  used  again or  hung  out  with people  that did  would he be  an  advocate  against  drug  use  would  he  have  disconnected  from those  people  and  found  real  friends  to  enjoy his  teen age years  with instead of  not  really  having  any friends  at  all. What  if  I  as  the  parent  had  seen the  signs  sooner  would I have  chosen  a  different  way  of  doing things  than the  way I  did.  What  if  I  had used tough love  that  I  was  told  needed  to be  done  would  my  nightmare  have  ended  sooner .

Those  two  little  words  are  very  haunting  they  scream  at you in the  middle  of  the  night  when you  can’t  sleep .When  your  having  a  bad  day  because  the  child  you love  is  struggling  in  recovery  with their  addiction  the  WHAT  IF  is  there  always  starring  at  you . The  what  ifs  paint  a  very  pretty picture  of the  way  things  could  of  been  that  it make  you  hate  your  situation  even more  so than  you  already  do . Sometimes there  is  no  escape  from  your  own thoughts  because  your  what  if  places  blame  not on the  drug addict  or the  dealers  but on  you the  loved  one  the parent

What  do  you  do  when the  what  ifs  haunt  you?  Somedays  I  give  in and  imagine  the  coulda  woulda shoulda  if  I  had  done  them and  what may have  been  a  totally  different  life for  all  of my  family  but  ecspecially  for me  and  my  oldest  son.Then on other  days  I  think  of the  journey  and  possiblities  that  are going  to take  place and that  are  happening. Through  this nightmare  lives  can  be  touched and  changed  through  our  story  of  tragedy and  destruction  of  a  new  creation and  unconditional  love being  nutured  and  cared  for . The  what if for  now  is a story  of  what  could of been  because  of the  drug addiction  BUT  one  day  the  what  if  will become a because  of  and  the  story  will be  phenominal


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 ?


Lies & the Acceptance of Lies

The  one thing  that  is  almost  a  fact  when  it  comes  to  living  with  a  drug addict  is  being  told lies .See  drug  addicts  have  to  cover up  the  truth  so  much they  no longer  know what is a  lie and  what  is  reality  because they  come  to  gradually  believe  everything they  say is  the  truth  when  truly  there  is no truth left in them  at  all.

The  saddest  part  though is  those  around  the  addict  are  drawn  into  the  lies  in  start  to lie  to others  around  them  as  well.  Those  lies  are  different  but  still lies  all the  same .They  lie  to themselves  that  this  time  their  child  really is  clean , no  they  miscounted  the money in their  wallet they  really  aren’t  missing  anything  and yes they  forgot  they  gave away  or  sold  such  and  such  it  wasn’t  stolen  from the  house .They lie to  others  and say  everything  is  well and  things  are  so much  better this  time  because  they  do  not  want  to  face once  again their  child  has  begun  to  use  again  or  never  stopped using  just  pulled  the  wool  over  your  eyes once  more.

Each lie  you are  told  and  believe is  an  invisible  brick  built  that is  destroying the  trust  that  slowly  disappeared  weeks ,months  and  maybe  even  years  ago.  The  trust  is  the  hardest  thing  to gain  back once  recovery  begins  because  by than  a  fortress has  been  built and  the  energy  to  truly believe  the  addict  is  telling the  truth is  in  recovery  itself. Do  you  ever  look  at  your  addict  whether  still  in  addiction  or in  recovery and  just  wonder  do they  understand  the  lies  they  believe  are  truth  are  actually  lies ?


Hate : holding your breath waiting to breathe

Hate is a word that is used so commonly in everyday sentences in every day conversation it is a word used very loosely but has a very strong meaning.The definition of hate is to have an intense  or passionate dislike for something or someone.I am going to be perfectly honestly  there was a period of time I truly truly hated my son during his drug addiction. I have been told I didn’t hate him I hated the things he did yes that was partially true I did hate the things he did but I hated him and everything about him and the person he became.. 

See my child was no longer there he was taken by the addiction and the person who had invaded his body was evil self absorbed cared about no one or anything but themselves and I hated him with same amount of intensity that I once loved him with. You may say or ask Oh my God how can you hate your own child honestly it became quite easy because you see my son was dead  and all was left was someone who resembled the child I once had in looks. The saddest thing about my hate was it tore me up inside because I was not suppose to feel that way I was his mom I gave him life  but addiction stole so much and took away so many things from him and my family and it didn’t bother him because the addiction and the addict doesn’t care about lost dreams or ruined holidays or gatherings.

I began to realize especially when things went from bad to worse hate is just like addiction it consumes you and takes over to were it controls you. See I as most family members need recovery as much as the addict and sometimes more because they suffer from the actions and reactions of the addiction and not only have to rebuild their lives that were ultimately almost destoyed as much as the addicts themselves but they need to be a support system as well while the addict recovers and becomes a new them. I wish I can say I woke up one day and all my hate was gone but it wasn’t it has taken almost two years of recovery for him and rebuilding of love and forgiveness to say I have slowly began to love the person he has become to be.

May I ask honest question for those who have a n addict in their life have you ever felt like I did and hate them or am I alone in the way I felt ..


Overlapping while holding your breath waiting to breathe

When  a  person in  your  life has  a  drug  addiction not  only does  it  affect  every area of their  life it  affects  every area  of their  loved ones  lives  as well. Loving  a  drug  addict  and  dealing with  their  issues and  them  in  general  is not  a part time  thing or  a sometime  thing  it consumes every moment  of  you . Every  second  your  wondering  where they  are,  who  are they  with, and   what  are they doing all  these  things  are  running  through  your mind  like  an  olympic athlete continually  keeping  you  exhausted  and  unable  to breathe life into  your  own  body.   The  constant  dealings  of  having  a  drug  addict in your  life  over  laps  into  every other  area  of  your  life  as  well.  Work, school ,relationship with  friends,  your  other  children and  most  of  all  your significant  other. Unfortunately  all the  stress  and  anguish  becomes  anger  and  bottled up  frustration  and  confusion  that  is not  taken out  on the person it  should be  The  Addict no  its  in  all the  the  areas  and  people  in  our lives  that  it  overlaps  into  that  we  vent out  at. The  addict  doesn’t  see  the  destruction  of  the  lives  he/she  are  destroying  outside  themselves  they  are  like  a skipping  child with no  cares  at  all  living  in their  own  little  world  feeding  their  downward  spiral. However when  their  addiction is not being  fed  it is  all  your fault  and  you  are the  one being  attack   from them  causing  even more  issues  in  all  overlapping  areas  of  your  life.

While  the  world was  falling  apart  for me as  I  watched  my  son become  engulfed  within  his  addiction . I  often  did  nothing  but  die  a  little  each  day myself  his  addiction  was  killing me just  as  slowly  as it  was  killing  him  but  just in  a  different  way .  I turned  inward  pushing  the  overlapping  areas  of  my  life  away  not  wanting  to  talk  or be  around  others . However  my  overlapping  areas  wouldn’t  let me  do that  even  if  it  was  a short  text  a message ,a message  on my  voicemail  or  persistant person refusing  to  be  casted  away  everyday  someone reached  out not  even knowing  why I was so sad and  the  situation  that was  going  on. My overlapping  areas where  my  support  and  my only  strength  some  days.

Whereas  I  was not  grateful   at that  time  I  so  am  now  looking  back  on it. If  you  are  in  a  situation  were  you   have  a  drug  addict  in  your  life  especially  if  it your  child  allow  the  overlapping  areas of your life  be  a  support system to  you .They  don’t  need  to  know the  details  of  things taking place just  let  them  be your  strength  when  you  can not be  your  own.



Memories to holding your breathe

Have you ever wished you could erase all the bad memories that are accumulated with the pain that comes with drug addiction .I do ! I know the memory board on Facebook is meant to remind us of good times and to smilebut that is not always the case some days that pop up from 2 years ago bring me to time where the world was falling apart and nothing I did or how hard I prayed could stop it. Every moment it hurt to have a heartbeat. Has anyone else who has dealt with  someone they loved who had drug addiction felt that way ?       

The memories are easier now because my son is 18 months clean. Everyday  somewhere in  my mind I wonder though will he use again because I still relive those days in my mind to make sure old patterns are not slipping back into today’s excistance. You may ask don’t you trust him since its been over a year and going into 2 years and the answe for now is no wrong or right. It is more of being scared ro actually relax and take a breathe than it is of trusting its protective blanket for myself and away of him being accountable and stay on track.

Introduction to Holding My Breath

My  name  is  Sue  and  this  blog  is for  anyone who  has  ever had  a loved one  or even  a  friend  who has  a  drug  addiction or  is  in  recovery  for  any  amount  of time. Drug  addiction  is  one  of  the  largest  cause  of  death in the  United  States it is  not  racist and  does  not  discriminate  in  any way  shape  or  form .  I  have  a 21 year  old  son who  is  18 months  in  recovery  but prior  to that  happening  I  lived in  a  continual  nightmare  that  I  thought  I  would never  wake  up  from.  I  constantly  felt  like  I  was  holding  my  breath and waiting  to to be able  to breathe again.  I  felt  all  alone  with no  one  to  talk  to about the problem because  how  can  you  tell people  your  child is  a drug  addict  and  all the  horrible things  he  does  due  to  it  without  them looking  at  you like  you  have  grown  another  head  in front  of them or  they have  such  an expression  sympathy for  you  you  want  to  crawl  in  a whole because  you  are  so ashamed . I  never  wanted  anyone  to feel the  way  I  did  that is  why  I have started this  blog.

This  is  blog is to  encourage people  and  let people  express  how they  feel.  Please  no negative  responses  toward  others . The drug  addict  is  not the only one  affected by the  drug addiction  everyone they  come  into  contact  with  at  any point  during there  addiction is  affected in one  way  or  another .  The  one  thing  I needed to learn  was  to  seperate myself  and  it  was  not  something  I truly  was  ever  able  to  do  during the  whole  time  it took  place.  I  had to  learn to  forgive myself as  well  as  him  for  all the  things that  ocurred  during that  time  period. As  with the  addict  it is  a day by  day recovery one  were  you  feel like  you are holding your breath