Being an addict doesn’t make a person any less of a person, any less of a beautiful beating heart in need of love.
As much as I hate this disease, and who you are when you’re high, and the amount of pain you’ve caused our family – is nothing in comparison to the pain we would feel if we lost you.
Speaking openly and honestly with your friend about how they feel and how you feel may be hard, but communication is key.
I don’t think I could ever say I’m sorry enough times for not saving you when you needed it most.
Experts say that addiction acts as part of an extended post-traumatic coping mechanism – in other words, the solution for the pain of trauma.
It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re unfixable and that people would be better off.
Validation: the emotional crutch that has a way of making narcissists out of us, because in our quest to be validated, we make our entire existence all about ourselves.
I had to give up not because I didn’t care about her, but because she didn’t care about herself. That was probably the hardest part to accept.
“Loving someone with addiction is heartbreaking. Loving someone in recovery is heartwarming.”
I have never relied on any substance to cause me to feel like anyone other than myself. I have however, watched a beautiful person wither away in their addiction.