I did not know how predominately addiction would figure in my life! As a parent, I did all things I thought I was supposed to do to prevent it and it still slipped in.
That was a shock, let me tell you. As it entered my family, it opened up a whole other world. Suddenly, addiction was right in my face and I learned just how rampant it is in our society.
It’s estimated in Canada that 6 million people will experience addiction at one point or another in their lifetime. That’s near 21 % of the population!
Yikes. It’s thought that every single person knows someone who has struggled or is struggling with an addiction, at any given time.
My family situation is now stable and I’m cautiously optimistic but, two other family members are struggling and 3 of my friend’s kids are too. That’s 5, in my circle. 5!
This all sounds so dire, doesn’t it? Believe me, it felt that way.
Yet it wasn’t entirely bad.
A beautiful show of love and support came out of my experience.
People I knew, people I thought I knew, people I didn’t know, came to me with their stories, love, advice and assistance.
In time, the fierce and freely given love I received exceeded the pain I felt.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still mad about it, ha ha. I’m still wary. Yet there is goodness there.
Which is something else I did not know.