I’m sorry & happy for incarceration
Parents of addicts experience emotions that are difficult for the casual observer to comprehend. The experiences and trauma associated with having an addicted child in our families mold our emotional psyches.
I often say “Im sorry yet happy”. They smile. They understand that it is sad when our kids face jail time, yet the jail time can contain the gift of peace.
Jail time removes them from the street chaos. I won’t go as far to say that jail time prevents drug use. However incarceration gives the family and the addicted some “down time”. Time to breathe and reflect. Time to plan our next steps.
This time away from addiction is a gift. I’m often happy when my friends are provided this needed gift.
“I’m sorry and happy.” Do you understand?
peace and strength
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* p.s. Rehabilitation far exceeds incarceration, however that is a post for another time.
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