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...
Homelessness

Homelessness

Something I read this week got me thinking about the relationship between addiction and homelessness. According to Crisis, about 66% of people they deal with say their addiction was actually the cause of their homelessness. This is true for my son Ryan. He was at home...