arents new to addiction are taught, “addict’s manipulate”. This is a truism. What you probably won’t be told is that “Parents of Addicts manipulate too.” To “fix” our kids, we try every trick found in our parent manipulation bag. I know I did. I used to rationalize my manipulation by thinking; “Desperate times call for [...]
Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.
Some of those options were TOUGH to apply as a parent. If he overdosed and died I would want to be able to look myself in the mirror each day and know that I could live with what I did for him and for my family.