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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...

Christmas thoughts

Christmas thoughts

It’s that time of year again. You know, the season of celebration, shopping, partying, caring and giving. It’s a time full of anticipation and excitement when family and friends gather together to eat, drink and be generally merry. But. There are two sides to every...

RIP

RIP

​The last few weeks have been quietly sad for me after learning of the deaths of four addicts, either known to me or to friends of mine. My drug-addicted son knew two of them well. He worked with one and rented a sofa for many months in the other’s flat. All four were...

Legalising drug use

Legalising drug use

I’ve been reading about MPs who want to legalise drug use, to focus more on help for addicts. Something definitely needs to change because drug deaths are rising: there were 2,670 in England alone last year. This statistic is scary for those of us who love an addict....

Autumn, again

Autumn, again

Autumn has arrived and leaves are falling. In essence I love this time of year, especially when we’ve had some decent summer weather. I feel respite in the cooler temperatures and darker evenings. Being at home, reading, watching TV and cooking tasty hot food is so...