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It is wonder full to celebrate continuous sobriety. I congratulate your son for surrendering. I would also like to say that this dis-ease is about the "deep seated, sometimes quite forgotten, emotional conflicts that persist below the level of consciousness." There is the true work that needs to be done and I wish him the best in this journey of the soul.Jim
I never should have told my sisters that my adult daughter is a recovering addict. They treat me so different. their continuous badgering for me to disown her is killing me. I have been goining to nar-anon for the past year. I feel like I don't have a family anymore. did you have this problem?
Anonymous...I am so sorry that you are experiencing that treatment from your sisters. Fortunately, I didn't have any issues with my family when I revealed that my son was an addict. I got nothing but positive support.It sounds to me like your sisters are locked into the stigma that is associated with addiction. I think it would be great if you could get them to go to a Nar-Anon meeting with you. Tell them you need and want their support and that you want them to be educated about the disease. Or suggest that they read a book like Beverly Conyers' "Addict in the Family." Or send them to the link to my story at The Partnership at Drugfree.org:http://timetogethelp.drugfree.org/community/shared-stories/deanAddiction can happen to ANYONE. And it's a disease. Your sisters have to understand that it has nothing to do with you. And they should be supporting you, not shunning you.Good luck. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.