QuoteFriends... I need encouragement. I am not going to write a book.. I'm going to give you a few sentences.. It will suffice.
As some of you know, I have an adult son, age 45 that has lived with my husband and I since he got out of the military 10 years ago. He is an alcoholic. He can barely keep himself clean or keep up his room, or continue to hold a part time job. Which he does.. but to buy booze. I had to have him physically removed from my home last Sunday as he was out of control. He currently is in a VA facility. This is his 2nd stay at rehab this year. I have told him he cannot return to my home.. I am petrified what will happen to him... I am sad.... I am sick to my stomach and to my heart. Did I do the right thing? How do I stay strong.. ?? He is begging to come home.. I just cannot have him here... but I cannot let him die in the streets.. He is a wonderful person.. sober.. but not when he is drunk.. I cannot chance it. but I need strength.
It's almost a year to the day... and what a difference a year makes. My son has gone through the program at the VA. Lived this last year in a homeless veterans shelter and concentrated on staying sober. He will have one year of sobriety on December 7th.. just six days from today. Since then:
He has found a good job with the help of the VA counselors
Put some money away
Found a nice apartment and is now living on his own
I would have never thought it possible one year ago. Of course I am still cautiously optimistic and know that trouble is only one drink away. So I encourage him to continue to be active in AA.. and to continue to stay sober. The rest is now up to him.