Hey guys! I want to start this blog out by telling you a little about myself and my life. I am 42 and been married to the most wonderful guy for half my life. We have 4 beautiful children between us, ages 24, 21, 20, and 17, who have made our journey worth every minute! We have a home in Knoxville, Tennessee, however, at the moment we are staying in Cave Spring, Georgia in a camper. We have decided that camper life is for us! I have been in many different career fields throughout my life and currently working at the campground we are staying at as the cleaning lady! I absolutely love every minute of it. My husband has been an electrician for 20 years.
That is a little about myself, now let me give you some background on my life with addiction. I grew up in a life of addiction. I had it in my immediate family, my extended family, and close family friends so I saw what addiction does first hand. My father was an alcoholic and passed away when I was only 5. My step-father was an alcoholic through the early years of my life but went through a program and was clean for many many years until one day he relapsed and went down hill from there. I watched him go from alcohol to pills over several years until it finally took him from us a couple years ago. It was heartbreaking to watch. I have watched extended family member suffer from the addiction of alcohol, opiates,and meth but also food addictions, shopping addictions, and gaming addictions. The most heartbreaking to watch was my own children’s addictions to opiates and meth. They are both in the process of recovering and I am very proud of both of them for making the changes in their life to give themselves a better life. I will go into more detail about these addictions as the blog goes on but I wanted to kinda give you an overview of what I have dealt with throughout my life. Addiction is so hard not only for the addict but also for their loved ones and friends.
I hope to be able to help others with my blog as I offer my stories and the things that I have learned while traveling down this road of addiction with my family and friends. I hope to be able to offer help to family members of those with addictions and give them some insights on how to help the addict without enabling them. There is a fine line there. They need our support but if we are enabling them we are not helping them at all. We are only hurting them and driving them further into the addiction world.