A very wise mom once told me…well she didn’t actually tell me, she shared it on her Blog. I really felt like she was speaking to me and it was a foreshadow of what was to come. It was very early on in my addict journey but I often went back to look at it and eventually just copied it for myself. I think it is “10 Truths” that I would tell any parent just starting this sad journey. She no longer blogs but I remember her fondly and wish she knew how profound I found those words and still do after eight years…
Top 10 Truths after 10 Years
1. Heroin is mean and tenacious. Be prepared for the long haul.
2. Every junky tries at least once to clean up by switching addictions, usually (alcoholic) drinking.
3. Addicts/ alcoholics do not want to quit using; they want to quit suffering consequences for using.
4. Ten years of IV drug use leave irreparable neurological, physical, and emotional damage.
5. Long term methadone or suboxone maintenance is the best option for some.
6. Just when you’re ready to give up on them, Hope whispers, “Try one more time.”
7. Meet your addict where they are, not where you wish they were.
8. When in doubt, pray.
9. Err on the side of compassion, but don’t leave your car keys out.
10. Recovery is a spiritual transformation. Not using drugs does not equal recovery.