Friday, April 19, 2013

500 Posts

I just saw the stats on my blog and it said my last post I Need Help was my 500th post. "What a long strange trip it's been!" That's a quote from a rock band, do you know who? (answer at bottom of post)

I looked back at the first post I made on this blog. Funny how the 1st post and the 500th one are tied so closely together. On January 20, 2009 the title of the post was simply "Welcome". In that post I want to quote a sentence from so long ago. "My wish and goal for this blog is that maybe I can help you or you can help us." How ironic the title the title of my 500th post was "I Need Help".

There has been a lot of ground covered since my first post. Life did not wait while all of the crisis and turmoil invaded out lives. Friends and family died, grandchildren were born, children got married, something happened that caused us to smile every day, tears were shed.

However one thing I am eternally grateful for is the reason I began this blog. Today my son is in recovery. The blog maintained MY sanity, barely. He is the one that did the work to be what he is today. I have said before I have no words that can describe that feeling inside on me.

Most important in this endeavor, you read this blog and whether you commented or not you helped me. That was my selfish reason for writing. I salute you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I don't know if there is a life cycle to something like this blog. I'm not ready to give up but I realize I write far less often that I use too. I do answer e-mails. I began this blog anonymously, today I share most everything including my phone number to those that need to talk. Coming out for us was a big step but not one we have regretted.

Asking for help in my 1st post and asking for help on my 500th post. Maybe Alex is the one that grew and I'm the one stuck.  ;-)

"What a long strange trip it's been!" The Grateful Dead. From the song "Truckin"


Terri said...

Wow! I wouldn't have guessed you to be a "Dead Head". ;-)

Thank you for being willing to put yourself out there and sharing your experience with all of us. I was one of those moms who emailed in desperation and I am thankful that you answered.

I think I would have gone insane if it were not for this blogging community.

Seeing that your son has been sober and moved on with his life keeps me hopeful that mine will as well.

Have a great weekend.

Syd said...

It has been a strange trip for you and your family. But there appears to be a good destination now for all of you. I know that it is still ODAT. Just keep on keeping on. You have inspired so many.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate being able to read this blog, as it is my first time visiting it. I am a 24 year old gratefully recovering addict/alcoholic who has remained abstinent, God willing, from substances since the date of November 25th, 2011.

Reading some of the posts in on this blog has reinforced a perspective I haven't taken much time to thing about in a while. The devastating effect I had on my family. It's easier than it seems, once in recovery to move forward without reflecting much on the past. Not that I haven't made my amends, but truly sitting down and taking the time to realize what I put my family through, what I put myself through. Remembering that, and never ever wanting to go through it again. Thank you for your posts. They are appreciated.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for creating this blog. i am in need of talking to parents who understand. My daughter is 29. She has been drug addicted for 5 years, alcohol abuse since starting college in 2002. She has been to rehab twice, and detox a few times. She has been unemployed for two years and just started a part time job. She has stolen from us in the past. Last summer we bailed her out of jail for stealing and trespassing. Her stealing from us has escalated. When she visited us in March because she was depressed and physically ill she stole my credit cards and bought $3000. in gift cards that she sold when she returned home. We didn't discover this until she was gone. Most recently she falsified my signature, used a copy of my license and convinced the court that I gave her permission to pick up the bail money. I am losing hope for her. Right now I am struggling with the tough love approach which would entail filing charges against her,but I am afraid that she will end up in jail. Yesterday we cut off her phone plan so I have no way to be in touch. We ended the plan because she abused the privilege . Any advice and offers of hope will help tremendously. Thank you!

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