Mother of an Addict – Fan Submitted Poem

Mother of an Addict

I am the Mother of an Addict
This is not like being the mother of a child with cancer, diabetes, or aids
This is not like being the mother of a child who is serving with honor in a foreign land
This is not like being the mother of a child who lives no more and is mourned by all

I am the Mother of an Addict
There are no marathons or fund raisers for this disease, no sweet girls selling cookies
There are no flags flying, or bumper stickers to proudly acknowledge my child’s deeds
There are only tears and silent screams, what terror will the next knock or phone call bring

I am the Mother of an Addict
I see my child and I am not glad, for though I ache to save him, with relief I let him go
I see my child with fear and suspicion, as I hear all he says and I can but endlessly hope
I see my child and wonder will I ever know him again, hold him again . . . see him again

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  1. NameKim says

    Message Thank you for that poem. I’m the mother of an addict too. He’s 24-1/2 years old and hasn’t hit bottom yet. I just recently stopped helping (enabling) him. I made him leave the house for good, after paying for rehab and all the other stuff. He went to my parents and they let him rent a room under strict conditions. He didn’t follow through on his end and they just kicked him out today, by dinner time. It’s hard and I can’t believe I came across your poem on this particular day, when he had just burned the last bridge in our family. Anyway, I just wanted to thank the author of this poem.

  2. NameKim says

    Message Thank you for that poem. I’m the mother of an addict too. He’s 24-1/2 years old and hasn’t hit bottom yet. I just recently stopped helping (enabling) him. I made him leave the house for good, after paying for rehab and all the other stuff. He went to my parents and they let him rent a room under strict conditions. He didn’t follow through on his end and they just kicked him out today, by dinner time. It’s hard and I can’t believe I came across your poem on this particular day, when he had just burned the last bridge in our family. Anyway, I just wanted to thank the author of this poem.

  3. NameKim says

    Message Thank you for that poem. I’m the mother of an addict too. He’s 24-1/2 years old and hasn’t hit bottom yet. I just recently stopped helping (enabling) him. I made him leave the house for good, after paying for rehab and all the other stuff. He went to my parents and they let him rent a room under strict conditions. He didn’t follow through on his end and they just kicked him out today, by dinner time. It’s hard and I can’t believe I came across your poem on this particular day, when he had just burned the last bridge in our family. Anyway, I just wanted to thank the author of this poem.

  4. NameKim says

    Message Thank you for that poem. I’m the mother of an addict too. He’s 24-1/2 years old and hasn’t hit bottom yet. I just recently stopped helping (enabling) him. I made him leave the house for good, after paying for rehab and all the other stuff. He went to my parents and they let him rent a room under strict conditions. He didn’t follow through on his end and they just kicked him out today, by dinner time. It’s hard and I can’t believe I came across your poem on this particular day, when he had just burned the last bridge in our family. Anyway, I just wanted to thank the author of this poem.

  5. NameBev says

    Message32 year old son here. Sadly sometimes there is no bottom, the addiction just morphs from one stage to another until the body can’t take it anymore. It’s been 15 years-I ask myself how many years can he survive? How much can his body and brain take? Parents who have an addicted child know the kind of pain that this mother speaks of…the best we can do is to learn more about this horrible disease and keep searching for help. Have you heard of http://www.sanpatrignano.org…maybe your child will say yes to help…this is real help….

  6. NameBev says

    Message32 year old son here. Sadly sometimes there is no bottom, the addiction just morphs from one stage to another until the body can’t take it anymore. It’s been 15 years-I ask myself how many years can he survive? How much can his body and brain take? Parents who have an addicted child know the kind of pain that this mother speaks of…the best we can do is to learn more about this horrible disease and keep searching for help. Have you heard of http://www.sanpatrignano.org…maybe your child will say yes to help…this is real help….

  7. NameBev says

    Message32 year old son here. Sadly sometimes there is no bottom, the addiction just morphs from one stage to another until the body can’t take it anymore. It’s been 15 years-I ask myself how many years can he survive? How much can his body and brain take? Parents who have an addicted child know the kind of pain that this mother speaks of…the best we can do is to learn more about this horrible disease and keep searching for help. Have you heard of http://www.sanpatrignano.org…maybe your child will say yes to help…this is real help….

  8. NameBev says

    Message32 year old son here. Sadly sometimes there is no bottom, the addiction just morphs from one stage to another until the body can’t take it anymore. It’s been 15 years-I ask myself how many years can he survive? How much can his body and brain take? Parents who have an addicted child know the kind of pain that this mother speaks of…the best we can do is to learn more about this horrible disease and keep searching for help. Have you heard of http://www.sanpatrignano.org…maybe your child will say yes to help…this is real help….

  9. NameBobbi says

    Message I have a 21 yr old daughter addicted to herion. She’s been using introveniously for over a year that I know of and of course there were the same and other drugs before this.She thinks she’s at her bottom and I hope she is , but I know from my own experience with addiction that i’s a long road.
    The author of this poem couldnt have said it any better. As a mother of an addict I know all the feelings and fears she talks about. Thank you for the poem.

  10. NameBobbi says

    Message I have a 21 yr old daughter addicted to herion. She’s been using introveniously for over a year that I know of and of course there were the same and other drugs before this.She thinks she’s at her bottom and I hope she is , but I know from my own experience with addiction that i’s a long road.
    The author of this poem couldnt have said it any better. As a mother of an addict I know all the feelings and fears she talks about. Thank you for the poem.

  11. NameBobbi says

    Message I have a 21 yr old daughter addicted to herion. She’s been using introveniously for over a year that I know of and of course there were the same and other drugs before this.She thinks she’s at her bottom and I hope she is , but I know from my own experience with addiction that i’s a long road.
    The author of this poem couldnt have said it any better. As a mother of an addict I know all the feelings and fears she talks about. Thank you for the poem.

  12. NameBobbi says

    Message I have a 21 yr old daughter addicted to herion. She’s been using introveniously for over a year that I know of and of course there were the same and other drugs before this.She thinks she’s at her bottom and I hope she is , but I know from my own experience with addiction that i’s a long road.
    The author of this poem couldnt have said it any better. As a mother of an addict I know all the feelings and fears she talks about. Thank you for the poem.

  13. Chelle091487 says

    I have seen the full content of this poem on one of my friends posts; she has since deleted it. There was more to it than what was here and each and every verse touched me in a way that only another mother of an addict could. If anyone has the full poem and could give me the link for it I would appreciate it greatly. It made me feel so much and I need that poem to help me through. Please if anyone can help…..

  14. Chelle091487 says

    I have seen the full content of this poem on one of my friends posts; she has since deleted it. There was more to it than what was here and each and every verse touched me in a way that only another mother of an addict could. If anyone has the full poem and could give me the link for it I would appreciate it greatly. It made me feel so much and I need that poem to help me through. Please if anyone can help…..

  15. ctitmas44@gmail.com says

    recovery walk in philly next saturday sept 21. we do recover walk for some hope thousands will be in attendance.

  16. ctitmas44@gmail.com says

    recovery walk in philly next saturday sept 21. we do recover walk for some hope thousands will be in attendance.

  17. JenniferS056 says

    I just wanted to give you ladies hope. I am almost 26 years old and have been clean from herion since March 2010. I started using in July of 2006 and i went to jail several times rehab all of that what made me finally quit was my mom got a restraining order against me and i was sick in tired of being sick in tired. I always tell parents of addicts just know that they still love you. I remember fighying with my mom for mobey and crying after leaving but i didnt care what i had to do to get it Now i have two little girls and my mom is my best friend. Good luck to you and your children Jennifer Baltimore Md

  18. JenniferS056 says

    I just wanted to give you ladies hope. I am almost 26 years old and have been clean from herion since March 2010. I started using in July of 2006 and i went to jail several times rehab all of that what made me finally quit was my mom got a restraining order against me and i was sick in tired of being sick in tired. I always tell parents of addicts just know that they still love you. I remember fighying with my mom for mobey and crying after leaving but i didnt care what i had to do to get it Now i have two little girls and my mom is my best friend. Good luck to you and your children Jennifer Baltimore Md

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