Like many families with addiction, there was constant covering up to make things look ‘respectable’ and keep the secret.
Coping with academic work
Mourning the death of someone who hasn’t died, but has changed.
You should always remember it is just as physically and emotionally draining for the carer as it is for the addicted.
I tried to save her but I just couldn’t get past the dark.
If you are within arms-reach as a child or loved one, the negative stigma remains much the same.
It took so much for me to share our shameful secret, I thought they could just talk to my dad and it would all improve.
You don’t want to do anything, ever, to make them feel a certain way. Because that could spark a negative feeling
Dad, I loved you and then I hated you but now I just feel sorry for you.
And his forever lasting words to me were “Reach for the moon Gem, you will always land amongst the stars. I will always be your Dad”.
You’d walk home wondering what mess she was in, and what you would have to do to keep the peace.