I remember when he was a bright-faced, enthusiastic boy… always eager to climb the tallest tree, wrestle with his brother and throw a ball for our puppy. Energy and mischief, loyalty and sincerity were just some of his youthful traits that endeared him to all who knew him.
Not only that, but he seemed to have an emotional awareness beyond his years… an intuitive knowing and sensitivity to others that was both his strength and his vulnerability.
Then one regular Sunday evening, after months of struggle with this boy who had become an adult, I walked into his room to find him smoking pot. It was9pm, his younger siblings were lying in their beds in the adjacent rooms. My son looked at me through a haze of shame, my stunned expression giving way to realisation… the inability to get out of bed in the morning, the low motivation to get a job, the lacklustre skin and rising aggression… it all started to make sense.
This was not the beginning or the end of a painful story that may be tragically be familiar to you?
If you have an addict in your life, or if you are challenged with addiction, then you know that it is not reserved for any one part of society – there is no ‘other’. Rather itis an illness that can affect anyone, and it destroys relationships, fractures families and breaks hearts.
I needed to get help to restore balance, set boundaries and recover my hope and health. I knew that staying isolated would be extremely detrimental to my well-being.
If my story resonates with you, you too can find the support and guidance you need. Seekhelp’s qualified and experienced therapists, specialising in addiction related problems, will enable you see this through well.