"Here's one definition of "Acceptance", "willingness to tolerate a difficult or unpleasant situation". Acceptance has the frame of mind that keeps me sane. I've been dealing with my son's illness for over 10 years now, and have tried fixing, avoiding, denying, acting like a crazy woman, isolating and hiding from life, etc. etc. Nothing has helped him, or me. So a few years ago realized that I had a shift in my thinking and had accepted the situation. I may lose him. He may never be well. There is nothing more I can do, I've done my part. Now I just love him and hope that he can learn to love himself, that he can find the right help. "The System" has caused him so much more harm than good and they are at it again trying to force him into his 14th rehab. If rehab worked, don't you think it would have by now? I wise man I know, Mark, says that it doesn't happen until you come to believe in a Higher Power and work the Steps. Another wise person I know things that some people need to stay on Suboxone/Methadone long term to survive. For whatever asinine reason rehabs are 12 Step based and are against Medically Assisted Treatment (Suboxone/Methadone). What if a person needs BOTH? I believe that's what my son needs. I am beyond frustrated with the parole dept. Yet, acceptance has to be daily choice or I will not be able to get out of bed in the mornings. Thanks for listening."
What I didn't say is how hard it is to be in that mindset. It doesn't come easy. Its like letting go of control and being ready for the outcome, which in some cases would be death. Last night he talked about suicide (again) but every time he doesn't do it reminds me that there may be a time that he will.
Anyhow, the title of this post. Yesterday Keven said to me "a bunch of my friends have asked me over the years if you were an addict". I asked why (but I sort of knew) and he said "because you know so much about it and understand it from our perspective". That really touched me. I did my homework, not just by reading but by getting to know (and love in some cases) quite a few addicts over the last ten plus years. I care, I can't help it. I don't judge others that think the only answer is kicking their kid out and moving on, that's called self preservation and I've done that too. But I do think it helps both the loved one and the addict if you really GET IT. If you get why they keep using, if you understand what it does for them, how it controls them, how they are willing to take serious risks (physically, relationally and legally) to get it, and how it feels to be dope sick...which is horrendous to put it lightly.
So, I feel complimented by that. I have a ton of compassion for people that are in the same "boat" as Keven.
|I hate that I only have TWO pics of Keven and Anthony together. I have to use the same ones over and over. Look at those SMILES. They were both not using that Thanksgiving. A great day.|
Peace, Hope and Love, Barbara