By Michelle Nollsch
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At this point, I was not fully aware of the depths of my addiction. I viewed it as getting caught up in something and just moved on from here. After all, I was working and caring for my family. I lacked the understanding of how deadly this disease is- there is no cure!
Hitting Rock Bottom
My second wake-up call came 15 years later. In 2010, my addiction had completely taken over & I stood to lose everything again. This time I had knowledge of this disease and knew where to go for help. I was back in the 12 Step program. Taking it seriously this time, I have 12 years of continuous sobriety.
I would have liked to say my children escaped this deadly disease. Both my daughter and son are affected by addiction. In 2016, I lost my son to suicide due to his addiction. My children’s father took his own life due to his addiction in 2014. My daughter is thriving with three years of continuous sobriety. I’m so proud of the woman she is today!
As you have probably figured out by now, my life has not been without pain. I didn’t allow the pain to break me but used it as a stepping stone to a better life. I don’t drink or use drugs no matter what! Today, I can help others through my experience, strength, and hope. I have a vast knowledge of both perspectives-what it’s like to be an addict & how the family is affected on a deep level.
Maintaining A Support System
If you, a family member, or a friend are in the throws of addiction, I recommend a support system. It’s necessary to have someone to talk to, like a support group or therapist. I am so fortunate to have a support system in place. I have groups I can attend & trusted counselors I can talk to about my issues. My husband is my biggest supporter. I’m so grateful to have him in my life.
Though he is not an addict, he has lost family members & friends to this awful disease. As a life coach, he has worked closely with many friends and counseled clients on such issues. It has been just as painful for him watching his friends & loved ones engulfed in their addictions. Mental health issues are not far from the substance abuse, which we can learn from & be aware of for ourselves.