I just found out that my best friend’s mother (I call her “Ma”) recently relapsed. She had been sober for 14 years. It is a reminder of how deep and strong addictions really can be. This is on top of my cousin relapsing after 12 years of sobriety over the summer. It makes me sad because I truly believed both of them had conquered their addictions. I do not mean to sound judgmental, because I still admire the journeys both my cousin and Ma have taken, even if they are now both experiencing setbacks. I am confident that Ma will get back on track and start over with AA (I’m not so sure about my cousin…she is battling meth and doesn’t seem to really acknowledge her problem).
I actually have written about Ma before. I have known her since I was 12 (so over 20 years now) and I saw her at her worst. Watching her become sober gave me hope. Hope that people can change, although strangely it never gave me hope that my father would stop drinking. That would take much more than just hope!!
I know firsthand that noone can stop another person from drinking or using and they have to want help…I just pray that both my cousin and my Ma find their way back to being sober.