Tomorrow marks two weeks in at rehab. We attended a family session with our son’s counselor over the weekend. Many of our suspicions were confirmed as he came clean on more details of the recent years. Their approach is Health Realization, which seems a good fit for him. They’ve got him on Wellbutrin for depression and Naltrexone for his Heroin/opiate use (one of those confirmed suspicions – he’s more than a Pothead as we always figured). He’ll wrap up there the first week of January and then do 90 days at a MICD halfway house followed by up to six months at a sober-living house. We are so proud of him for starting this and hopeful he will stick with it; I believe he has a long and difficult recovery ahead for himself. We knew he was in pain, and he is, but it’s lifting and his spirits are good.
There will be a visiting day on Christmas Eve. Although I’m sad that he will not be with us for our family activities at home, I know he’s where he needs to be and that we are all receiving the gift of recovery.
Throughout this journey of addiction, I have continued to seek information and support. Learning has helped keep things in perspective. Communing with others has helped us feel less alone. Some of the things we have learned have been hard and ugly, but knowledge is empowering. Many of the relationships we have formed have been the difference between our own sanity and serenity. We are grateful and know we will progress along with our son on the difficult path ahead.
Wishing you all guidance and support on the path along with Our Young Addicts.