addiction

‘People look at me and my 4 kids and assume I’m just giving mom some ‘kid-free’ time. I just laugh.’: Man becomes full-time dad after emotional divorce, realizes kids need ‘all of him’

“I began to get random phone calls about my wife’s nighttime activities. ‘She’s my soul mate. She’ll come around,’ I’d tell myself. She started hinting at divorce, but I’d stop the conversation dead in its tracks. Then, she stopped showing up. The defining moment for me was seeing all of my kids asleep at the front door, hoping to see their mom if she happened to come home that night. My babies needed me to be strong for them.”

‘Come on, why are you doing this?’ I wasn’t intoxicated, but I just couldn’t fight it. I was paralyzed from shock.’: Sexual assault survivor finally accepts mental illnesses in wake of trauma, no longer ‘ashamed’

“I did the unspeakable. Madness took over and I pushed my mom. I always knew there was something wrong with me, but when I lost control on her it became crystal clear. When the police officer asked, ‘What happened?’ I replied, ‘I need help.’ Little did I know that asking and getting help would change everything. I chose love and never looked back.”

‘No really, it’s yours. Your dad gave it to me for you.’ My dad had been dead 9 years. I was shaking.’: Marine son receives wedding gift from father in heaven to ‘protect’ him

“I’d never seen it before. It was nice. ‘Well, it’s for you…’ I didn’t understand. My dad had been dead for almost 9 years. There’s no way this was from him. When he was still in the Marine Corps, he’d met with my dad. At this point, I couldn’t see, silently crying. This must’ve happened before I even graduated high school.”

‘You’re not shooting up, are you?’ My heart sank. I couldn’t even look my mom in the eyes.’: Young woman beats addiction and graduates with 4.0 GPA, says ‘no matter how bad life is, you’re worth it’

“I hugged her and with my head on her shoulder said, ‘Yes, mom. I am. I love you. I promise I WILL get better.’ They shut the door and told me I was no longer welcome. They did the best thing a family could’ve done. Let me fall face first and weren’t there to catch me. I was a good person with a big heart. I did good deeds for my family, friends, and community. But I was also an addict. And addiction doesn’t discriminate.”

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