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My addicted son

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My addicted son

My son is 20 years old. He started with marijuana and stolen Vicodin. When he was 16, I placed him in a 35 day inpatient program that told me there was less then 50% chance that addicts recover from these type of programs. he was clean for maybe 2 weeks then return to old habits. Money well spent? He moved onto Methadone, Oxycontin and Heroin.

Hes lost 2 friends to overdose. his response was that they didnt know what they doing. Mixing drugs that they didnt know about. He was freaked over the friend dad, who found the boy dead. Said he felt very sad for the father and "to imagine that horror of finding your dead son". HE STILL DIDNT COMPREHEND WHAT HE WAS PUTTING ME THROUGH!

Over the past 5 years, he has stolen everything of value of mine, ran up credit cards, stole cash. Even got involved with robbing houses. He was never caught. I practised tough love and wouldnt let him live with me. During these 2 times, hes almost died. hit rock bottom. It didnt matter to him. Hes been homeless in the cold of winter, slept in his fathers truck (Yea, dad's a bad influence).

It took me months to get him assistence. Seems that if you dont have insurance or cash, the world doesnt care about these young people. Then, as hes 20 years old, it was difficult to have him evaluated. Once he was, they never looked past the drugs until his 3rd admission when his drug test was clean. he was hallucinating and listens to internal stimuli.

As a nurse, I knew my son was suffering from more then drug addiction. He was self medicating with illegal drugs. Hes been involuntaryily committed 3 times. Released under Court orders, the State does not enforce them as hes not a harm to himself or others. The mental anguish we see him in is very emotional. He has given consent to Counselors, DSHS for me to help him. now hes home. taking proper medications and receives the care he needs. Hes still in a "psychosis" and the internal stimuli is not harmful to those around us but its sad to watch him go from my son to laughing hysterically to close to tears. He walks the streets at night and I fear that he will be in this state of mind and a stranger will hurt him not knowing hes mentally ill.

My point: if your child starts into drugs or alcohol. Look beyond the "peer pressure", the drug use. Truly see his behavior, what he says is usually what he thinks you want him to say. Seek counseling fast. Seek drug rehab fast. Theres a reason why your child is going down this harmful lifestyle.

PLEASE think twice about the tough love that drug rehab endorses. Its difficult to know your child is on the streets and doing worse. and your letting it happen. When I challenged the counselor in family group, her only response was "whats the difference if he dies on the street or in his own bed?" After I did tough love twice, the second time I hadnt heard from him for over a week (he usually calls multiple times a day). he showed up at home, beat up from a guy who found him trying to sleep in his shed for some warmth.

Hes home, internal stimuli is worse but is under medical care. Its an ongoing struggle for us all. I will never give up on him. He is my son.


This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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