I have been wanting to talk about this for a while now. Someone I love very much is suffering from addiction. Maybe it’s just me but I feel this is a silent problem that not a lot of people talk about, but today I’m changing that. It’s time I speak up about something that I’ve been struggling with.

When someone you love is an addict, you’re filled with a mix of emotions. You’re sad, scared, overwhelmed, angry, and feeling so helpless. Seeing someone repeat the cycle of addiction-relapse-sobriety is frustrating and exhausting. And every time they relapse you grieve the loss of the person before the addiction.

I have yet to find an answer or a way to help this person. And there’s not much I can do since I live in cactus town and they are in a completely different state. But I can tell you what I have been doing. I see a therapist, I have started listening to podcasts (The Sober Families Podcast), I talk about it with people I’m close to, planning on going to an al-anon meeting, and I exercise. All of these things have helped, but I’m still left with some sadness and pain. All I can do is pray and hope that they get the help they need and find peace.

Thanks for listening.

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