Reading stories provided by family members who have seen meth addiction first hand is heart breaking and makes you realize just how devastating drug addiction is. Meth addiction doesn't just destroy the user it destroys everything in their life especially their loved ones and friends. Meth addiction is a disease that's mentally and emotionally debilitating and those who love and care about the meth user are in just as much pain.
Family addiction stories are heartbreaking but they also reassure others that they're not alone and someone out there understands the pain they're going through. Some families have had to use tough love in order to survive the effects meth addiction has on them because the emotional pain is so overwhelming. Our hearts go out to anyone suffering from addiction and that includes family, friends and loved ones because they're in need of healing too.
Our family has struggled with my dad's addictions for over 30 years. Since we were raised in a very unusual atmosphere we somewhat numb to the kind of things that happen in a family dealing with addiction. Recently we have had to consolidate our efforts and show our father that we will no longer live with his problems. We are supportive but we have had to provide him some guidelines. Our children are no longer able to visit their grandfather's house because quite frankly it's not safe. We have told him he may see us and the children but it will be supervised and not at his home. Of course at this point he thinks we're "punishing" him....
I married my high school sweetheart when we were both 18 years old. He worked for the railroad and I stayed home and raised our 5 children. I went back to college and became a teacher. Last year we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We are a close family with a close extended family (on my husband's side, not mine). Last fall he fell and dislocated his shoulder. When it was time for him to be released for work he tested positive for meth and the RR made him see a counselor. We were all in a state of shock and chose to believe him that it started while he was off with his shoulder. He was off work for 2 months, saw a counselor 4 times, and we all believed (or hoped) that he was telling us the truth. 5 months later he tested positive again and lost his job of 32 years. He immediately sought out a treatment program on his own and started 4 days after losing his job. I am sick at heart. I am scared, angry, and so very, very sad. Our youngest child (our only daughter graduated from high school this spring (2 days after her dad lost his job) and will head to college this fall. Our children have been very supportive and are a great help to each other, although nobody can understand why he started or what an addiction even is. His parents are in poor health and are devastated. His mom just can't understand at all and feels very, very guilty. I don't feel guilty. I understand addiction, having an alcoholic father and an alcoholic/addict sister, both whom were fired from good jobs. I guess I just don't understand what my role needs to be in his recovery. How can I support him when sometimes just being around him hurts so bad? How can I be positive about his recovery when I'm still dealing with all the negative fallout? How can I ever, ever trust him again? I should also say I don't have much faith in counselors. You see, my sister was the head of one of the biggest treatment centers in our area, and that's the job she was fired from. Hurting...
I was married to a meth addict. I didn't even realize it until after we were married. He was angry, violent, volatile and dangerous. Twice, he attempted to either suffocate or smother me while I was pregnant with our son. The night I was in labor, he slapped me and dragged me across the floor when I found him in bed with another girl. I never spent any time with him after that....
Hi. I just wanted to tell my story, as I have been reading the discussion board here and digesting all the really helpful info and support and have found so many of the stories similar to mine. Although I am living a burden which in writing this account I have found some lightening in doing so. My thanks in advance for reading my story it has been a therapeutic writing endeavor....
You don't know what you are doing, and you don't know who you are hurting. I am seventeen and my mother is addicted to meth. I love her more than anyone in this world, but I can't even live with her. See, my dad died when I was three and my mom met someone new, who everyone thought was great, well turns out he wasn't. He molested me and my sister until I was in seventh grade, just a few years ago. When I was fifteen, my sister told. My mom didn't believe us, or so I thought....
We have sons who are addicted to meth and have been on and off for about eight years. This drug has destroyed our family. We still believe that our family can be made whole again but not until the boys are clean. Our oldest son has two sweet children, he was divorced from his first wife because of his addictions, spent four years in the state prison, met the woman of his dreams when he came home, he spent two years hiding his addiction from his new wife and us, he is now divorced for the second time and is in jail again. He is wanting to some in-patient treatment and is seeking help to locate a center close to our home. His wife has come back into his life and is willing to try again as long as he gets his self the treatment he needs. Our youngest son has been through one of the most tough treatment programs in the United States, he graduated the program, got married to a woman he met in the program, has four sweet little angels, started his own business, bought a home and all the toys you can imagine for his family to enjoy, got addicted again to meth and now has lost almost everything, home, truck, business and probably his wife. By the way both boys have graduated from using a glass pipe to using needles. This is so scary to us; we feel that we have all but lost our son's. I pray for our family and the thousands of other families that are in the mess of meth addiction. I wish that instead of judges, legislators, law-enforcement just throwing away the key on these addicts that they would find some funding to help them kick their addictions. We have been living with this destructive addiction for many years, we are tired. S.P. Draper, Utah, USA...
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