This is a partnered post with The Recovery Village.
I have openly shared my story with addiction. At 18 months old, I was placed in foster care, and at only age 10, I first learned what addiction was like when I met my father.
At that time, my sister and I lived with my aunt and uncle, and my dad decided to stay with us. But that lasted only six months.
After school one day, my sister and I went to find him. My sister discovered that he was sleeping. But when we tried to wake him up, he never did. My father had passed away from a drug overdose.
His passing was my first, real-life experience with addiction, and unfortunately, it didn’t end there.
The photo below of my mother-in-law with our oldest daughter speaks of this fight. Our whole family suffered when she lost her battle with addiction several years ago.
The good news is addiction doesn’t have to control the destiny of your family’s future.
When my husband and I first met, we discovered that we had similar experiences with addiction, as we were both raised by parents who struggled with drug dependency.
By sharing our stories with each other, we’ve been able to learn from our experiences, create a deep, emotional connection, and nurture a loving family environment free from the struggles of addiction.
So whether someone you love is struggling with drug addiction, or if you’re suffering from addictive behavior yourself, I want you to know getting help and overcoming addiction is possible.
It’s all about healing, and being willing to give help to those who need it and accept help if you need it yourself.
Has your life been affected by addiction?
Video courtesy of The Recovery Village