Thursday, August 15, 2013

Partnership Posting

The Partnership at Drugfree.org has published another one of my essays. It is the one about I wish I had learned to listen sooner.

You all seemed to like that post and made a lot of nice comments so I thought I'd share it more widely.

What I Wish I Had Done Differently with My Addicted Son

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have learned so much from your blog and have gained so much hope from reading about Alex's recovery. My own son has been in recovery for a while now and I keep wondering when, if ever, that I will feel like I can relax. I almost feel like now that things have settled down, all my fears that I had buried, have risen to the surface. I want to rejoice in his recovery, changed behaviors, and happier life.....but I find myself being cautious to the point of not being able to enjoy the moment. Do you have any insight on how long it took you to stop looking for trouble? To trust your son not to steal or lie? I've heard many POA's refer to having PTSD and I can surely relate to that.

Bar said...

I'm just catching up over here, Ron. Wow. That is a lot of death for one week! I am so very sorry to know you're going through all this. I hope you can find normal again soon.
My condolences for all these losses.

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Alexis said...

Your essay is incredibly poignant. I wish I would have listened to my daughter sooner, rather than dismissing her feelings. I feel as thought if I'd done that maybe she would have relied on me rather than escaping through drugs. We are in a battle for her life and I constantly wonder whether there was anything I could have done to have prevented this and I think back and realize that if I'd just listened to her rather than telling her how life is supposed to be, maybe things would have been different.

Amy said...

It's hard to listen with a truly open heart when you "know" that what your loved one is doing is devastating. But I think that since I've started listening to my son, I feel as though I have a better understanding of what he's going through. Maybe I will be able to hear a way to help him.