When you love an addict

Many years ago i qualified as a drug and alcohol addiction counsellor. It wasnt the nicest job to have watching people wasting away, where i worked they had nurses that would give clean needles and help the clients find veins to inject for me it was horrific and to this day i am still haunted by the images of desperation, the voices of our clients pleading as if their life depended on it for the drugs. It was also hard working with their families, the loved ones of the addicts

For all those that love an addict.

Loving a drug addict or an active alcoholic is the hardest thing you will ever do. Watching someone you love, that has fought so hard to beat addiction, throw everything away and sink back into a life that will most likely lead to jail or death, is one of the hardest things you will ever do. All you wanted was to help them back to a clean and sober life but you realize by doing this, as you have so many times before, will now just be enabling them because it will show them that you will always be there to bail them out. You want to grab and shake them and say “What are you doing?!?!” But, at some point you realize that it wouldn’t make a difference. So you sit back and watch the tragedy unfold, as if you are watching a movie. Feeling helpless to stop it, feeling like you haven’t done enough to help, even though you know only the addict can help themselves.
Battling a drug and/or an alcohol addiction is a beast for the person addicted and the ones who love them. So l am asking you to stand with me in prayer for every family member and friend who has lost or is losing their battle with drugs and alcohol and those who continue to conquer it!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mel obrien says:

    So sad

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