I cried because I don't think the Keven I once knew still exists. He's a shell of who he once was. He lives in his head - which is a dark and scary place. He uses Klonopin (prescribed) and/or heroin to feel normal for as long as the high lasts, then he plummets back to the depths of his despair in the form of self-hatred, depression, fear and debilitating anxiety.
He was bad off before he went to prison, and ten times worse than that when he came home. He was made to do things in there that he doesn't want to talk about (and this kid tells me everything - he always has since a child - I know things I wish I didn't know but it helps him to talk to me so I listen).
Is another rehab the answer? He's been to at least ten (not counting detoxes and sober livings, hospital stays and jail/prison time).
I am enabling him to keep using by letting him stay here with a roof over his head, all his needs met, and no consequences for his drug use (other than what he inflicts upon himself).
In the past I've found him places to live (sober living, hotels, an apartment in another county). A few times I had him arrested. A few times I just kicked him to curb with all his stuff packed in trash bags. Once I even stopped my car on the way to a detox (in Garden Grove) and kicked him out right then and there because he said "I'm not sure I want to do this" and pushed me over the edge.
I've sold his stuff to pay for his drug debts. I've paid to get back items he pawned. I've depleted my savings more than once. I wracked up my credit cards more than once. I am once again broke and in debt.
He's been to psychiatrists (mostly that give him whatever he wants and don't bother to try and diagnose him) and therapists and tried different modalities of treatment.
He's seen friends die, one died in bed next to him and he woke up to find her. He's almost died three times (officially) and who knows how many times I don't know about. He's had sepsis, MRSA, sever abscesses. He had a positive HIV test and refused to be treated. I lived thinking he was dying for two years until he was retested and it was negative. He has Hep C.
So here we are 10 years in as of this month. I will never forget the night he woke me around 2 am. He and his girlfriend at the time (who is now a nurse, we are still in touch) sat on my bed and told me he'd been using heroin but was going to stop because if not, she would leave him. He was 17, she was 16. She hung around for several more months and was with him when he attempted suicide (cry for help) and I'd take her to the mental hospital to visit him. She finally gave up on him as did all future girlfriends, and guy friends.
I'll never give up on him. But I don't have much hope left. I just can't seem to muster it. I lost my faith in "God" a long time ago after being a faithful and committed Christian for about 18 years. But that's another story for another time.
I desperately tried to save Anthony, but couldn't. I've been desperately trying to save Keven - will I be able to? No. I can't, it doesn't work like that. Somewhere deep inside himself he has to find the will to live and to stop using, but can he? I don't think he can. I think I may lose him one way or another.
Peace, Hope and Love, Barbara