A Letter to Those who Love an Addict
When you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, the addiction becomes the first thing you think about every morning when you wake up and the last thing you think of every night when you go to sleep—if you can sleep. That might be the worst part of addiction, worse than the lies, the missing money or the danger: The fact that no matter how far away from the person you may be, whether you are talking directly to the addict or thousands of miles apart, the lingering stress is still there.
I almost wish I wasn't talking from experience and I feel most people who have dealt with this would agree. Peace of mind is a valuable thing when it comes to addiction. I have talked to many a parent who is remiss to say they would be happy if their loved one went to jail because at least then they would know they were sober.
However, when you find the right treatment center, this is one of the most valuable things. The person has a peace of mind their loved one is getting the treatment they need and are safe; whether it is a free program, a private pay rehab or a rehab covered by insurance.
No matter how difficult an addict may be, having them somewhere safe and knowing they are sober finally provides relief from the stress and fear. I urge you to find the best drug rehab or treatment for your loved one you can. It makes all the difference.
From a fellow survivor.