(Selkirk, NY, USA)
3 years ago I found out that my son was using heroin and that he had been arrested for home robberies to support his habit. It was the biggest shock of my life, and he is my only child, so needless to say it caused major trauma for me. It’s impossible to really explain the impact of this to anyone who has not lived it. All the hopes and dreams you have for your child evaporate and all you can think of is that you must save him from dying of an overdose, or being killed by a drug dealer.
After jail visits, and rehab visits, and very limited clean time in the past 3 years, I was finally getting worn down. This happens to those of us who have loved ones who are addicts–watching them suffer multiple relapses, trying everything you can think of to “help” the addict, and unwittingly becoming an Enabler, life becomes unmanageable, and unbearably stressful.
That’s when I turned to Nar Anon–the local group here in the Albany NY area is located at 31 Vly Rd. in Colonie. If anyone out there needs a support group this one is great. We meet every Tuesday at 7pm at the Colonie Christian Life Center.
Everyone in the group shares the similar experience of having a loved one—spouse, child, sibling or friend who is an addict. The focus is on ourselves–how we can stop enabling, gain some control of our own lives, and set boundaries so that the addict does not absorb every waking moment of our minds and emotions.