Not sure how this will work out for me, but reaching out to others who may be in a similar situation as myself. Have four children. Two children have severe alcohol/drug problems. Oldest daughter has been in treatment several times, but immediately returns to her bad choices after getting out despite doing very well during the time she has been in treatment. Her behavior has always been a little odd, but since she started using just gets worse and worse. She chose to leave her last treatment facility, a group home for mothers with drug problems, even though it meant giving up her children. Then this past spring she gave up the rest of us...says she "found a family who gives her more than her real family ever did" despite the many years of emotional, physical and financial support. Apparently moved in with the family of a young man she met. Now does not contact us except her youngest sister. the story, of course, is much more complex, but this is the nutshell. Needless to say, I am broken hearted, not merely because I have tried so very hard for many years, to help her find peace in her life, but also because I love her and cannot imagine how she can simply walk away from us. I have been praying for her for many many years and do try to remember God is bigger than any of our problems. I have to say that this situation challenges my faith because things never seem improved with her--only worse, and I continue to suffer and cannot come to a sense of peace regardless of prayers. I keep praying for understanding and for guidance on how to cope with my pain. Most times I am doing okay, but some times I simply ache with the pain and cry when I am alone. I know others have gone through similar things and perhaps someone here can simply share and lend a shoulder.
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