Saturday, November 3, 2007

Off My Rocker

The other day I received a very nice e-mail from a lovely lady who very politely explained to me that she thought I was certifiably insane.

Let me digress for a moment, if you have a question for me and you don't want to post it here feel free to e-mail me. If you don't agree with my opinion on something but don't want to post it here feel free to e-mail me. Anything else you want me to know but don't want to post it here... e-mail it to me. I accept and read all e-mails and unless you call me all kinds of names I will politely respond to them too. The link to my e-mail is over there to your right ------>

Ok, now back to the point of this post. Me... crazy... oh yes... it's all coming back to me now. This is not the first time I have heard that I'm crazy and it is not the first time I've thought it to myself either. That is what I was talking about in my last post when I said living with an addict or being close with an addict can distort your thinking and your perception of reality.

Let me note for the record just a few of the things I have done in my past that I now look upon as absolutely asinine.

I used to sleep with my keys in my pillow case.

I would take his keys and hide them.

I would drive around at all hours of the night looking for him even though I had no idea where he would be. I have driven up and down streets and neighborhoods just because I thought maybe, possibly I might run into him or see his vehicle.

I have sat up at nights and called him 20 - 30 times in 10 minutes just trying to get him to answer the phone.

I have chased him around in my vehicle.

For the longest time I thought it was normal to get up every 20 - 30 minutes and go downstairs just to make sure he was still watching TV or passed out on the couch. I thought everyone did this. I thought I was just being a good wife.

Shall I go on? At this point I think you probably get the point.

Living with/being close to an addict makes you sick without you realizing that you are ill. You try to force them to do what you want them to do not realizing that if they want to use they will do it no matter what.

The guilt I carry around is astronomical for this fact. I tried to force my husband to be here and so in a small way when he used in this house with my son here it was because I was so worried about him being here I couldn't see past the end of my nose to realize that him being here wasn't going to stop him from using.

So yes, I was insane. I became that way through 10 1/2 years of trying to control Jake's addition. Now, after all of that time, it is my turn. It is my turn to take care of myself and I am doing that through Al-anon and through trying to do more things with my friends or just for me.

However, the key words you need to focus on are I am trying to get better. In Al-anon we call that progress, not perfection. Sometimes I may say things that sound completely crazy and usually it is because I have slipped back into an old behavior/pattern or I have not fully worked on that part of myself yet.

Eventually, some day, I may become sane again. Until then, bear with me will ya? It's a process....


KimN said...

I hear ya! I know dealing with our situation has made me slightly crazy and I'm not even living with my addict.

KK's Mom said...

Hindsight is 20/20 for all of us, isn't it? Sure, it may seem like those things were crazy to do, but you loved him, you didn't give up, and you did what you felt was right at the time. Imagine if every time a person did something wrong or stupid, the people who loved them turned their backs and ran. We would all be roaming the world alone and abandoned. It's clear that you and Jake (along with the rest of the world) have both made mistakes in life - some of them pretty darn big - but you're dealing with them and working REALLY REALLY HARD to make your lives better. I'd call that brave, not crazy. Good for you, and Jake, at how far you've come!

I truly hope that things continue to get better for both of you. You have put up with more than the average person, and there are times where the right thing to do is leave - but you've done a great job with the situations you've been handed so far and I think you're pretty strong.

Good luck with your search for a sponsor!!! : )

My Reality said...

You both have to take this one day at a time. It is a recovery process for both of you. I think you are doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

Delurking to say: You go, girl! Behind ya 100%.