Hi @bqgranite - how have things been going these past few weeks? I’m so glad you’re here, not only for your brother, but also to find support for yourself and your entire family. I believe addiction is a family disease - not only because it can poison relationships, but because it makes us family members behave differently and sometimes even make us do things we don’t want to do. Is anyone else in your family getting support?
Hi @Amber - you’re in the right place. I’m glad your boyfriend is getting the help he needs. Unfortunately when our loved ones finally ask for support, go into rehab, start treatment, etc., it’s typically not a one-and-done deal. With all of my husband’s ups and downs, slips and relapses, I’ve had to learn how to manage my expectations, and by manage I mean let go of them completely. Recovery is not a straight line, but it is possible!
I hope you don’t have to give up on your goals to support your boyfriend. Is there a way you can still work toward them while being there for him? This is where setting boundaries comes into play - identifying what you will and will not tolerate for your own health and well being, and then sticking to them.
Take care of yourself! Sending love. If you have any questions, post them in this forum. You can also use the Search bar to find discussions on certain topics that you may want to join.
I’m Kim. I’ve been in recovery for 12 years. I live with my 16 yr old son.
I’m in a relationship, for the second time, with my sons father, Henry. He is a life long practicing addict who does not want to quit. Rather then accept court ordered rehab he will ask to do additional jail time instead. That’s where his head at. I often suspect it’s just a macho front he’s putting on and that sometimes he would like to quit, but that quite possibly is merely wishful thinking on my part.
About a year ago things got worse. At 53. Henry decides to pick up heroine. Something he’s despised his entire life, he never like how it made him feel. But now he’s on it. This is the first drug I’ve ever heard him say he wants to quit. Yet, the days go on and on. I’m in a twisted relationship that I am having the hardest time getting out of. Being in this relationship feels like i’m on drugs again, It’s so messed up and I’m so caught up in it.
What would I like the outcome of this group be? I want to share my experiences and read others to gain a bit of clarity in my life. As for Henry, of course I’d like to see him clean but since H has been in the mix, I just can’t control that or manage it within my life like I had been without it. What I’d like to see is me out of this relationship.
I’ve been down this road before, 30 years ago, Quite honestly there was nothing anyone could do to help me at my worst. I need to remember this and untangle myself from the chaos that I’m obviously addicted to.
What is good? I’m clean, I know I’m not alone. I believe now matter what things looks like that there is always hope, for him and for myself.
I look forward to getting to know you all. Thank you and may you have a peaceful evening.
Hi everyone! I’m here for two people in a way, my mother and brother. My mom became addicted to alcohol, opioids, and benzos when I was in my early teens (15 years ago). She has never sought treatment despite losing custody of her 4 kids, being in and out of jail, and practically losing everyone in her life. Growing up, my childhood was the typical “American dream” - gorgeous parents, stay at home mom, successful dad, me and my brother with the golden retriever and white picket fence. So her addiction was a very foreign concept for my family and nobody knew what to do - especially back then, we had none of the resources that are readily at our fingertips now.
My brother has an opioid addiction as a result of being put on painkillers at a young age for debilitating migraines. I think he was around 8 when they started prescribing them to him. He has been to rehab twice and is currently on suboxone and has weekly therapy/counseling meetings. He’s gotten his life back on track for now which I’m incredibly proud of, but I can never quite tell for sure if he’s using other drugs like benzos and stimulants (which he’s also been to rehab for).
I’ve felt isolated and helpless for over half my life because of my mom’s and brother’s addictions, so I’m beyond grateful to be in this community now and supported by everyone else experiencing something similar. I look forward to connecting with everyone and finding strength and comfort within one another!
There’s no controlling or managing someone else’s addiction. I’ve learned that trying to do that will only make me go crazy. We can only control our own reactions, our own way of thinking.
Hope and gratitude are superpowers as we navigate this road. Glad you’re here, @Kimba!
Hi there. Im Bethany. And my boyfriend is a 23 year old opiate addict. He has ODd twice while with me, and continues to lie about his usage. Ive found every piece of evidence proving he’s using and he still denies. I feel so lost and helpless. This is the man i have planned to marry and grow my family with. And i can’t do that if he continues hiding things from me and lying to me. He’s such a funny, sweet, caring man. But the drugs make him irritable and mean and its slowly killing me. I struggle with severe depression and anxiety and this is throwing me into such a downward spiral, i dont know what to do anymore. Im here to talk to likeminded people, someone with advice, or just someone to listen… im scared.
Hi @ashrae - So glad you’re here. I hope you find peace, hope, and encouragement through this community. You’re not alone!That’s great you brother has found a treatment plan that includes medication and therapy. My husband was on suboxone alone for a long time, and when he relapsed we learned that recovery requires healing mind, body, and spirit. Please ask questions here and let us know how we can support you!
Hello. My husband and I have been married for 32 years and alcohol has been an everpresent issue. There have been times of abstinence. But I look back now and wonder if they really were… He sneaks, he lies, he behaves badly. He has an executive position which requires us to attend many social gatherings. More often than not they end badly with me mortified. The day after he is remorseful and promises it will never happen again. I’ve heard it so many times I no longer believe it. So many lies… I am discouraged, angry, disillusioned, and losing my respect for him. So far he has managed to keep his job and has not had a DUI. But, things are ramping up and I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time. He does not think he has a problem
Hi @BethB17, welcome here. It’s totally normal to feel scared, lost, helpless. You’re in a situation where you may feel like you’ve lost control. Please know that you do have control over your own actions and behaviors, and this, in turn, can help your loved one. What are ways you can take care of yourself right now? What I’ve learned through the whole recover process (my husband is a recovering heroin addict) is that often the first step forward is inward. Once I was able to start taking care of myself, I was able to support my husband from a better, healthier place. I hope you’re able to take some time to explore this site, search for questions, and join in other discussion. There’s a lot of wisdom here.
I often wonder about staying with my husband if he continues to use for so many years. We are at year 10 and I knew there were issues before, but I thought they were normal because we were young. Do you ever wish you would have not stayed? I know we see the good in these people, even when they can’t see it in themselves, but it’s exhausting. I am so worried I’m codependent and not able to see clearly.
So thankful for another support group. We kicked our 19yo son out almost a year ago. He lived in sober living and now is gainfully employed and says he’s been sober ever since. Since he was 16 he’s abused THC, alcohol, and cocaine. My current anxiety is irrational but present. I am scared for his recovery and awaiting his next relapse. He’s seeing old friends that used now. I’m confident he’s not working a program and refuses therapy. Any support/advice is appreciated.
I understand your anxiety. Recovery is precious but fragile. If you are able to have a relationship with him, let him know you are there for him and open the lines of communication. Build trust so that he knows you are there for him if things do go south. Hopefully you can suggest a program or support group of some type. Find one for yourself and maybe use it as a testimony. Be good to yourself!
Hi, I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 27 years. 7 years ago my husband, who was a police officer, was forced to re-sign his position due to political pressure. He has never gotten over it and suffers from depression and anxiety. He uses alcohol to numb the pain. I have tried everything I can think of to help him. He got a DUI with my son in the car. He has been to rehab once. Nothing seems to help. I read about CRAFT and that seemed like a good fit for us so I am trying those principals. It has at least made me feel better because our interactions are more positive.
Hi everyone. My husband is struggling with alcohol dependence. He suffered a TBI 2 years ago. Prior to that I would have said he was a heavy drinker. Since his TBI his tolerance for alcohol is . I don;t greatly reduced so now even 1 drink has dramatic effects both physically and behaviorally. I can tell immediately just be looking at him if he has been drinking. I get anxious and feel my stomach knot up every day while I am driving home from work because I don’t know what I am facing when I get there. I am in therapy myself which has helped a lot. He knows it is problem and is willing to get professional help. I just don’t know how to act or respond while he is inebriated. I don’t want to be around him when he is like that.
Hi Steph, Great to have you with us thanks for sharing - you are not alone!
What CRAFT skills are you finding most useful so far?
Hey Au1990, I hope that you have an opportunity to join the group. Working with a loved one with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is no picnic- I’m sure it’s hard for him, too, to adjust to the new constraints. Good luck and so far for me, I consider this a place where I can hunt around the topics and get smarter and gain some empathy and then I have a little more resilience for dealing with my son who is challenging my sweet demeanor… ;