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Loosing hope

Posted by Granny of 8 on 23 June 2016.

Hi my name is Sheila my son 39yrs of age has been a drug addict for 14 yrs now with very brief periods of being clean. Well we've just had another bust up my health is poor and don't know how much more stress I can take well ive told him not to contact me again I was so angry and frustrated with him it's all the lies ive heard them so many times I could write a book I've told him when hes ready to help himself I will help him have I done the right thing it will be another night without sleep for me


24 Jun 2016

My heart goes out to you why do we have to suffer their addictions to i have the same with my son 7years a alcoholic got clean then gambling and now pills constantly on our case draining every penny like ylou said could write a book one of my many sayings theres only one person who can help them and its themselves easy said then done

Icarus Trust
6 Jul 2016

I'm so sad to hear how you are suffering dealing with the impact of your son's addiction. It is very hard.
 I wonder if you would find it useful to contact The Icarus Trust. We are a charity that supports people who are dealing with the addictions of family members or friends. We have experienced trained volunteers, called Family Friends, who you could talk to if you feel that would be helpful. 
You can contact us on or visit the website
I hope that it might help to make sense of all you are feeling.

24 Jul 2016

I also have a son of 37 who has been a drug addict for 14 years with brief periods of being clean. I sympathise so much with you as feel at the end of my tether. He has cost us a fortune over the years and as a result I am still working at 69! I cant turn my back on him and feel completely trapped. Others in my family are critical of me and say that I am his enabler but I try hard not to help him all the time just when I think he is in dire trouble. Sometimes I just wish it would all end one way or the other, so fed up with all the lies but think I am his only real friend so will try and keep on going.

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