Once a parent becomes aware that their beautiful child is an addict... hopefully, we will learn the truth about the impending situation sooner rather than later. Here are some truths I have learned: Parents are enablers, I cannot fix it, my child may lie, my child may steal, others don't want them around, I may have to ask them to leave home, and life will never be the same. When we begin the terrible journey of turmoil and horrific consequences that the life of an addict involves, we are forced to learn and try to understand. It is only then that we are able to empathize with the addict while making sure that we take the time to "save ourselves."
As parents, we will do ANYTHING to take away the pain and smooth the road for our loved ones, but we must be aware of certain truths because even as we struggle against the truth, we find that we're we are powerless. We accept that wish was not true. By accepting the truth, we can begin to help the addict by helping ourselves. Feel free to reach out.
Sending you much love and understanding.