My adult son lives in an apt. in my home and is spiraling downhill on prescription drugs. After a failed 7 day detox and two ER visits this past month, one of which landed him in the psych ward of the hospital for 9 days. He refuses to sign himself into an inpatient program. He is afraid to lose his very good job, and signed on to an intensive outpatient program for now. I am sure it is a matter of time before he loses the job anyway. Night before last he came home after a minor car accident ( driving high ) and was down in the apartment heating up food in the oven and he was so high, he could barely walk. I had my grandchildren upstairs and he could have set the place on fire. He then passed out sleeping on his bed fully clothed. Yesterday, before he went to work, I told him he could not live here anymore and had to find somewhere to stay that day. It was one of the most painful things I have ever done and I am frightened to death for him, but I can not do any more for him and I am frightened to have him living here high. Tough love for a mother can only occur when you know it is killing you and you have to be strong for the rest of your family. Kicking your child out no matter how old is so painful and he has money so it makes it a bit easier than what some of you have had to go through. I finally reached a point where I felt so beat up and all I have done for him did not matter. No matter what the outcome is for my son, this experince has changed me forever. Addiction is a disease and I will worry about him forever. Sue
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