I just found out my partner (boyfriend) had a drug addiction

by Maggie
(Nashville, TN, Dickson)

I just found out my boyfriend is smoking crack. I went into the bathroom picked up some dirty clothes and found a paper bag balled up with a crack pipe. I'm angry. I'm mad. I'm hurt. I want to scream.

I thought I've helped him overcome one addiction to alcohol already. I've been the rock. The supporter. The everything. Just when I thought he was getting his act together i.e. a good job, back in school, better decision making... I find this.

I know this man loves me. He shows and has more character than most men I know. He's worth a fight but I don't know if I'm willing to go through this anymore. I have a child. I bust my ass every day to keep this roof over our heads. Food in our stomachs and 2 cars in the driveway. I am angry.

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I'd be very angry too!
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Maggie,

Wow, how terrible to find a crack pipe in your house, your child could have found it? It sounds like you already know a lot about addiction recovery and you may already be aware that often an addict goes from one addiction to another. Often though, it's the other way around, they end their crack addiction and switch to alcohol.

Hopefully, you're both attending 12 step meetings and learning about addiction and how to truly end it rather than just masking issues and living in denial.

Working the 12 steps helps us to learn how to live a happy joyous and drug/alcohol free life without trading one addiction for another.

Good luck, and try to channel your anger into positive steps for you and your family by attending Al-anon meetings and getting your partner to attend AA or NA and learn how to work the steps every day.

Debbie

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