Note to self: tell ONLY my story!
In recovery we know that resentments will kill us. As much as I wanted to blame the boyfriend for things getting worse, it wasn’t his fault. My turmoil, my demons and my pain were mine and mine alone. Broken promises and shortcomings of another person didn’t do this to me. I did it. I would allow things I didn’t like to fester. I made things worse. I allowed my illness to perpetuate. I learned people will treat you the way you allow them to.
My healing must include forgiveness, but more importantly, I need to recognize my role in the ridiculousness. I was in this alone. A savior did not exist.
Summer 2010 – Fall 2010
I had a CYS case open. I had 2 social workers from Holy Family assigned to me and a CYS case worker. Humiliating.
The boyfriend forgave me and loved me again. The kids and I mostly stayed at his place because it was walking distance to my out patient treatment at Gateway in Squirrel Hill. I still had no driver’s license. I stayed with the kids during the day and he stayed with them the 3 evenings a week I went to treatment. This was my second outpatient treatment following my second inpatient and 1 partial hospitalization treatments. He promised he wouldn’t drink either. He promised he’d stay sober and support my recovery.
I thought maybe I should take an antidepressant. That just might do the trick!
I had an inkling of joining a church. I had no idea where that was coming from. I spent years seething and outraged that God took Rich Rust from me and the kids. My thoughts of God were mostly malicious.
I wanted a quick fix. I wanted someone or something else to do the work for me. Please, just fix me...
I did not fully participate in my own recovery. I don’t think more than 30 days passed before I was back at it – the sneaking, the lying, the drinking, the mental abuse and the self pity. I was angry that recovery didn’t come easy. I was angry that I had to recover at all! I was angry the feelings just wouldn’t go away.
I was tested for alcohol almost daily at outpatient. One of the counselors would hand me a test strip that I was to put in my mouth. I would flip it in upside down so the treated end would not go into my mouth. Then I’d flip it back to him. Negative. I was so clever I fooled myself.
The folks at rehab were not fools, however. They knew all the tricks and heard all the lies of a desperate addict. I was diluted. I still blamed everything on Rich’s death. It was so far beyond that.
The lead counselor finally called me and said enough. I could die or I could get well, but he was done. My fear was he’d report to CYS that I was using and they’d take the kids. At his insistence, I stepped up to partial hospitalization, again. (Partial = 5 days a week at rehab.)
I went through the motions. I showed up. I wrote my chemical history. I wrote my own obituary. I watched “Clean and Sober”, “The Days of Wine and Roses” and “28 Days”. I shared. I confessed. I cried. I promised. I journaled. I listened. I empathized. I abstained. Finally, I successfully “graduated”. All of this was – AGAIN.
CYS closed my case. No more problem.