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Addicts relapse during COVID-19

Addicts relapse during COVID-19

All our lives have been affected by Covid-19. In Wiltshire we’ve had much more freedom than other areas, but that has changed again with the imposition of a second national lockdown. Groundhog Day springs to mind. With no end in sight, news from a friend that her son...

Addiction Services – Ready or Not?

Addiction Services – Ready or Not?

Like most of us who love an addict, I keep hoping that Ryan, my 36-year-old drug-addicted son, will see the light and decide to get clean. And over the years I’ve often thought about the level of help he could expect to receive if such a miracle occurred. Would the...

Total Withdrawal

Total Withdrawal

Last time I was in a bit of a panic because my son Ryan was imminently being released from prison and I didn’t know whether or not to impose the biggest boundary: Total Withdrawal. Support group helped at that point when our counsellor, Bee, advised me to wait and see...

Boundaries

Boundaries

Last time I talked about my dilemma concerning Ryan’s release from prison in a couple of weeks. Do I phone him (as promised) or do I impose the ultimate boundary – total withdrawal? Feeling sad and full of trepidation last week, I was desperate to get things off my...

Dilemma

Dilemma

Almost two months into Lock Down and it’s definitely feeling like my new normal. In the same way as many people, my life revolves around home, walking, the odd shopping trip and now, happily, seeing friends and family in a limited way. I also feel lucky that we’ve got...

Alternative Lifestyle

Alternative Lifestyle

Week five of Lock Down and the situation gives a whole new meaning to the idea of ‘alternative lifestyle’. Often a euphemism used to describe how drug-takers live their lives, we’re all having to learn to do absolutely everything differently: queue for food, walk in...

Lock Down

Lock Down

So week two of Coronavirus Lock Down……weird. Not being able to do what we normally do puts pressure on everyone, young and old. I’m lucky because I’ve got a lovely garden and I live with my husband so I don’t feel so alone. My mum, however, is 87, lives alone and has...

Ever feel alone?

Ever feel alone?

A friend recently mentioned that it can be very isolating when someone in your family is an addict. Our situations are similar so when she mentioned how hard telling people - or even keeping it from them - is, I immediately understood. Living through a loved one’s...

Rock bottom

Rock bottom

Rock bottom is one of those concepts that always seems to come up when people are talking about drug addiction. Rock bottom, the point when an addict just can’t do it any more, the turning point of a hopeless life. For those of us who love an addict, the idea that he...

Time for change?

Time for change?

A happy, healthy, peaceful 2020 to all! The New Year arrives with new hopes, never more true than when you love an addict. Maybe this year they’ll see the light, kick the habit, become normal and allow you to feel normal again too. Although I’ve got the smallest...