Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me! I absolutely can relate to the feeling of isolation because although I’m affected by this or “his” story, I’m in a sense, not allowed to speak about it. Yet, him and I haven’t reached a place of healthy communication in regards to his addiction because he still regularly lies and manipulates. Even if cornered, he refuses to admit to it. So, my talking about it with anyone is considered “me lying about the situation because I’m making myself believe my own assumptions and they aren’t true because he’s not using!” - My guy is also inconveniently very intelligent, clever, etc. I almost catch myself wishing he weren’t so knowledgeable, etc so he wouldn’t be so dang good at this hiding and lying and making everyone doubt themselves. He has a way of twisting, evading, projecting, etc that is pretty impressive.
I hope to get to a point where him and I can openly communicate our feelings in a manner that has resolution or planning on how to navigate this together.
I’m actually planning to have a talk this afternoon. He has been at his mom’s dogsitting while she’s out of town for the week. After talking on the phone with him yesterday evening, he sounded very much under the influence. Even what sounded like nodding out during our call. So I drove to her house and walked into him passed out on the bed, halfway on bed and half off. His cellphone flashlight still on from where he nodded out while using it. A piece of straw he cut and rolled up bill. He claimed it was for a pill (Adderall) but I don’t even remotely believe him. I didn’t find any actual substance just the paraphernalia. I notified his mom and I came back to our house. He tried to lash out, “knuck and buck” and I told him when he was ready to be honest with me, I’d be here. He called today and said he was going to talk to me when he gets off work. I’m not sure what about but something he’s already discussed with his mom. She’s been distant today given the circumstances. So my anxiety is through the roof.
I’m rambling! And completely off topic! I appreciate your insight! I’m definitely going to start opening up to selected trusted friends about this. I have to. Otherwise, I’m going to lose every part of myself trying to fix and save him. When I know that’s impossible. I’ve also found a local support meeting. It’s PAL (parents of addicted loved ones but advertises to parents, spouses and family members with addicted loved ones). I’m going to go to that tomorrow afternoon. I find myself hesitant to work on myself out of fear that if I do gain some healthy coping strategies and focus on myself first, that nobody will be giving the relationship attention and it will eventually run its course. Crazy what things I scare myself into thinking will happen. Too bad I didn’t become a fortune teller that can read folk’s futures