(Tampa, Florida USA)
My son is 25. He's a good kid, polite, smart, friendly, helpful. I thought I knew him, but 18 months ago, he suddenly withdrew from me, from our entire family.
There was no abuse. We're a nice middle-class family. We took family vacations, attended his sports events, celebrated holidays - typical life.
What happened to my son? He moved to Tallahassee and that's when the lying started. I couldn't figure out why? Why would he need to lie to me? We'd always had a close relationship, or so I thought. I didn't think I was judgmental. Maybe I did too much for him, or not enough? I don't know.
This past summer he got MRSA and was in the hospital for several days. That's when I met his 'friend' who I found out was twice convicted for meth possession. Then I found out he's living with 4-5 guys in a 1 bed/1 bath apartment. That's when I saw him going thru withdraw - the shaking, the pain, the anger.
My son is no longer in that body. It's now just taken over by something - meth, painkillers, I don't know. I haven't heard from him in 3 months now. He won't take my calls at work and he won't return my calls.
His cell phone is cut off since he doesn't have the money to pay for it anymore. He skipped out on his apartment and I don't know where he is. I lost my son.
It's a pain in my heart that will never heal. I though it was my job to help him, but he doesn't want my help. I pray that God will send him an angel to show him a better path for his life...