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Looking back on my life, I do not think there was ever a time that I did not live through some sort of substance abuse.

My father was an using alcoholic / addict from before I was born until my mother in desperation threw him out of the house and he left when I was 4 years old. I only saw him once again - shortly before he died. I did not recognize or know him at all.

My mother remarried when I was 8 years old, and guess what ...



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I AM A MOTHER ... WHO HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE

I am well over 50 now and my addict in his late 20’s. When most of my friends and family ask - "How is your son?” I reply "He is OK", and quickly change the subject.

Except I am lying.

Even though he is physically matured - he is a long way from being OK, and I am living with it by myself, not telling anyone. Sometimes I don’t even admit it to myself. I am just plain telling untruths. I cannot speak about my other children because I don’t have any, so I try and put the best spin on his situation, or just keep my mouth shut and don’t offer any information about him.

As a loving parent my plan was to bring him up with a healthy mind and body, with the potential to become whatever he wanted. I expected him to grow into an independent, generous, kind, happy, successful, law-abiding, contributing member of society who made the most of all the advantages my husband and I had worked so hard to give him.

Except he didn't. ...



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