How have your dependency issues affected the most important relationships in your life?
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“Finally I could stop worrying about my son”
My son and I are recovering apart
My son entered treatment last month. I spoke to him today and he is thriving. He has 43 days clean and is planning a life in a new city with a new community. I am so excited for him.
For the first time in 5 years I am not spending every minute of my time worrying about him and trying to keep him alive. I'm not worried about the cops showing up on my porch. I'm not worried about finding him dead. I am working on my recovery from codependency.
My stress levels have dropped almost to zero, even with Covid. I wake up excited for the day. I am sleeping unmedicated for the first time in years.
My younger daughter is in therapy to help her process what went on in our home. She's starting to accept that the lies, theft and disrespect had nothing to do with her.
My husband and I are reconnecting. Repairing our relationship now that the wedge has been removed.
Recovery is happening all throughout our family and I could not be more grateful
“Do I reach out to my ex-husband's family?”
My ex is an addict. I haven’t spoken to him in about 3 years, but he does try every once in awhile to reach out to me through my family and friends. He always says he wants to catch up or apologize. I don’t necessarily trust him enough to talk to him directly, but his family (especially his mom) will always hold a special place in my heart. Part of me feels guilty for not giving him the chance to apologize. I’m always fearful he’ll overdose before he gets to do it.
I’m not sure if writing to his mom as a mediator will do more harm than good. I don’t want any sort of relationship with him, and I honestly probably won’t forgive anything he has to say, so idk if I would just make it worse.