Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stress

We have some good talks while riding. Today he told me that "life stress" is so much easier than "drug stress."

Life stress is paying bills, going back to jail each night, being concerned about where he and his girlfriend are going to live when he is released, wanting to be a good dad. He says life stress is so much easier than drug stress and life stress is actually rewarding.

I quote, "Dad, I don't even stress about drugs or using. That is just so past in me."

13 comments:

beachteacher said...

wow.....as the parent of an addict knows....those are beautiful words to hear,......especially when you can believe them. So glad to hear Alex's thoughts like this.

Deirdre said...

Yay!! I am so happy for you all. :) Such a great report.

Annette said...

Wow....awesome news. Loved reading this. :o)

madyson007 said...

From his lips to gods ears...

Momma said...

this is a wonderful thing to read just coming back after a little time off from blogging.

BMelonsLemonade said...

and a child can change everything for an addict...we finally have the best reason...I know my child solidified my sobriety.

zaplightsmusic said...

i've been off the alcohol for 93 days now. i hope and pray and believe this might be where both your son and i turn the corner - i've had time up before, but only got to 4 1/2 months. this time something feels different.

having read your blog regularly I always felt Alex would 'get' sobriety in the end as I believed I would. I think this is him getting it. GO ALEX!

Syd said...

Good for him. Life stress is what happens when we really live.

Came2Believe said...

Ron:

YES! I know we take it one day at a time, but I'll take a day like that anytime. I never give up hope, but as you know, some days it is hard to hold on to. We're all pulling for Alex. This post gives me HOPE.

Barbara said...

WOW! This is so incredibly encouraging and amazing to read. I think all of us are rejoicing in this with you and many of us are hoping for our loved ones to get where Alex is. Smiling from ear to ear over here!

Gledwood said...

Your son sounds like he's doing really well. I hope he keeps it up when fully outside.

Thanks for your comment it was much appreciated. I wouldn't know what to say to me either. So don't worry on that score.

Re this illness of mine, I still get symptoms of some type every single day including the "worst" ones you associate with schizophrenia. Those have come back because I'm stressed. I just can't tell who's really there and who's talking in my head when I'm outisde and I don't really like going out.

I did go out just now to get cigarettes; it's night and the birds are singing amazingly. I don't know what American birds are like but our best ones are on a par with canaries. So if you can imagine a choir of a hundred canaries tweetling at once amongst other birds, that's what it's like at dawn.

I hope all is good your end. Take care

:-)

Tori said...

What wonderful words to hear. I personally think him being out to work and going back to jail at night just may help him in his sobriety. Congratulations to Alex!

Cadan Henry said...

i couldn't agree more. life's stress vs. addiction's stress is far easier to cope with. i try to deal with it in my writing through humor and direct confrontation. also, exercise and whatever productive means possible.

Blessings,

Cadan