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Thank you very much I am trying to understand How It works around here
Not sure how to write on here yet. I’m here because my boyfriend is a alcoholic plus he is bi-polar and has ptsd he is a veteran and I want to help him not to drink but I let him stay with me and I let him drink at my house because I saw him passed out in a parking lot I wanted him to be safe and his drinking has gotten worse
Thank you @Tooshort0430 for introducing yourself! @Dean_Acton and @Shine, we invite you to do the same when you feel comfortable. What brings you to the Village Community? How can we best support you?
If you need a hand to navigate the platform, feel free to send me a direct message. I’d be happy to show you around!
Thanks for joining us @Tooshort0430 you are among friends who get it here. And you’re doing it right simply post a new question to start a conversation about something going on in your current situation that you want suppport around or to hear other’s experiences on and read others questions to contribute your support and experiences that can be helpful to others to hear. We are not alone in this battle and this is the place to share openly and know we’ll get it.
Hey guys, I’m Dean. I’m here because I’ve been dealing with opioid addiction for only alittle over a year now with my fiance. In the beginning I was very naive about it, had no idea what I was really getting into. Since then I’ve then I’ve seen the struggle first hand. I’ve watched her battle with the conflict, steal and lie to me, I’ve lost my financial stability to it. I’ve supported her through battling with roboting local clinics. Seen her go through withdrawal and post acute withdrawal syndrome. It’s been a tough ride and my life has changed greatly because of it, I have times where I battle with anxiety and depression about where my life is at right now because of it but I’ve held on and things are finally starting to look up. Finding a community and being able to hear and share my experiences with people who have been there has definitely helped me stay grounded through everything.
Thanks for sharing @Dean_Acton and we’re so glad you’re here! Sometimes our role supporting our loved ones comes hand in hand with increased anxiety and depression, so you sharing that things are finally starting to look up is wonderful to hear, it also offers hope to others who aren’t quite there yet.
thank you for the hope that things are finally starting to lookup for you after holding on through all you are going through. I too am battling with anxiety and depression about my own life choices because of my husbands fails to overcome his alcohol and gambling addictions. Living with addiction is making me a stronger person. Thank you
I am the mama of a beautiful 28yr old son who’s experienced substance abuse. While the use/abuse and self medicating started slow - the ramifications of the full blown disease were fast and furious. We started the “recovery” journey together yet separate about 3 years ago. I have learned SO much and am drawn to advocating for those affected by addiction. Im the Administrator for the largest Facebook group “Affected By Addiction Support Group” and am constantly searching for additional tools and outreach. My son has over one year clean and sober, works at a prominent Recovery organization and has also dealt with underlying mental health issues which figure prominently in the journey. HOWEVER - with all the support, the advocacy and miracles I witness daily, as a mom who has witnessed her child’s struggle, I’m always on guard. The goal for my on going recovery, is continued connection and less fearful thinking…fear & over analyzing can be paralyzing. Happy to be here
Welcome @adoumeng we’re so glad to have you here with us - sounds like you have a wealth of wisdom that can be helpful for this community. Every share helps in our aim to be just that - a tool for the friends and family to get the constructive support and answers they need from both shared peer experiences and professional peers weighing in with evidence-based information and skills to take action on.
All this to make sure we can be the best allies to our loved one’s struggling with substance use and / or addiction. And you’re right, it’s not a treatment and done kind of thing. I know from my personal experience 3 years into my loved one’s recovery that relapse can and does still happen (like…this past week ).
We look forward to hearing more from you <3
I’m here because I have 2 daughters with addiction issues. My youngest will be twenty one in a month and she has been in recovery for over a year and just relapsed. My older daughter is 25 and she has had drug abuse problems for about 10 years and just admitted she has a problem recently and started on the path to recovery. My younger daughter got into trouble with the law and is on probation for 4 more years. The worry and stress is too much sometimes. Other times I feel a great need to use what I have learned to help others.
Welcome here @adoumeng! Thank you for sharing so honestly about your (and your son’s) hard-earned experience, successes, and ongoing learning.
Your goal echoes our sentiment that the opposite of addiction is connection. Very glad to be connecting with you here, and looking forward to hearing more from you.
It’s a rocky road and I know what you mean about it at times being too much and also wanting to help others, that’s what brought us here. Where here with you <3 So glad you’re here with us @Marybeth thanks for sharing.
My son who is 25 is an addict and my daughter who is 20. They both started to get in trouble with the law because of substance abuse since they were on their 16’s. She has been on probation for over a year as an adult. He just got his two kids taken away by the state. I have his kids, it is hard raising them on my own. He went into recovery on his own, has been clean for 30 days. My daughter went into recovery, this is her third time, because probation order her to go. I was going to alanon and PAL (parents of addictive love ones) the groups helped me to know I’m not alone.
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Hello, I am a recovering addict (heroin and alcohol). I have 2 1/2 years clean and met my boyfriend in NA. He had years clean but relapsed 10 months ago on heroin. After months of struggle, he finally entered inpatient treatment last week. So now I’m learning how to be a supportive SO while keeping my own recovery at the forefront. It’s been difficult to separate these two roles to best help my boyfriend, and it’s a new experience for me. Also I would like to help anyone who needs more insight into an addicts mind. Thanks!
Amazing @Allykatts11 thanks so much for joining us here. Can’t thank you enough for being open to sharing your wisdom with us <3 <3 we’re in his together