This guest post byDenise Krochta , author of the book, Sweat, A Practical Plan for Keeping Your Heart Intact While Loving an Addict, and host of the WebTalkRadio.net show, “Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101,” will offer hope for others whose loved one is grappling with an addiction.
Today [March 26, 2011] I am here in California visiting my son, as I do every year at this time. This is the day we celebrate the anniversary of his sobriety/recovery from drugs and alcohol. Every day is a miracle, but every year, this day is especially important to me. This is a time we share, remember, and remind ourselves how grateful we must be. And we are.
For those who spend each day navigating the chaos and drama of a loved one’s addiction, and fear that there will be no end, I know how you feel. I can offer you this. There are possibilities if there is life. I had little hope. I was sure that the times my son escaped death would come to an end and he would finally not escape again. I can’t tell you why he chose sobriety after such a long time of bad choices, but I am grateful that he did.
My wish today is that all of you who are still living this sadness and fear will soon find the relief and joy that we have this day. I am well aware of the fact that every day is a new day and tomorrow can bring unexpected pleasures or sadness, but today I am absorbing the miracle of joy and contentment of a loving, clean, and sober son who loves his mom and whose mom loves him.
Our gift to each other on this anniversary is a hug so genuine, so full of love, the true bond of a mother and son. It’s the best!