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So You're in Love with an Addict

So You're in Love with an Addict

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So You're in Love with an Addict

48 pagine
41 minuti
Feb 7, 2017


Addiction is an increasing problem in our society. While there are a variety of programs and “steps” that addicts can follow to work towards recovery, there is no rule book for us—the people who are in love with an addict. All of our journeys are different and yet, the same—filled with chaos, uncertainty, and confusion. This book may not hold any magical solutions to your challenges, but it just might provide you with the comfort and companionship that the author longed for when she traveled through life in love with an addict. She hopes her story can be a support for you as you experience the trials and tribulations that come with loving an addict.

Feb 7, 2017

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So You're in Love with an Addict - Heather O'Hara

So You’re

in Love with an Addict

A Journey of Chaos and Confusion

Heather O’Hara

Copyright © 2017 Heather O’Hara

All rights reserved

First Edition


New York, NY

First originally published by Page Publishing, Inc. 2017

ISBN 978-1-68409-855-2 (Paperback)

ISBN 978-1-68409-856-9 (Digital)

Printed in the United States of America

To anyone and everyone who has been affected by the cruel disease of addiction, may you find the strength and courage to overcome the challenges in your life

To my incredible children whose love has kept me strong and inspire me every day to push through all the obstacles and struggles that resulted from these experiences; and to my own addict, the brave soul who finally found the strength to change his life – may you keep on pushing through, one day at a time

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5


Before you read this book, I should warn you that I am not a doctor. I am not a professional in this field. I have not conducted any studies, consulted any experts, or gathered research to support my claims. I am a woman in my early thirties, an elementary schoolteacher, a mother of two. I live in a small house with my boys and spend all of my free time balancing the many responsibilities that rest on my shoulders. I go to church on Sundays and talk to my mother every day. I have friends, some of the same friends since elementary school. I live a simple life, filled with pleasure derived from the day-to-day activities that take up my time.

I am not writing to receive any pity or sympathy. I am not looking for anyone to tell me that I am brave or that I am strong. I am not writing to pretend I know everything or I am better than anyone because of the way I handled the cards life dealt me. I am writing from love, from my heart, and from my experiences. I travelled this road quite recently, and in some ways, am still traveling down it. I am writing to share my story, to comfort you in your time of need. I chose to suffer most of this journey alone, certainly making it more difficult and isolating. I don’t want the same to happen to you. I am writing for you, whoever you may be.

Like you (I assume if you are reading this, the title hit home with you), I was in love with an addict. And like you may have or may currently be, I experienced a journey more turbulent than the most intense roller-coaster ride imaginable. While I struggled on my journey, I often wished there were people with similar experiences that I could reach out to. Not just for advice, but for venting, for companionship. And to be reminded that I am not alone. I needed someone like me, with thoughts and feelings like mine, someone to validate my struggles and confusion. I needed to know that I wasn’t alone, that what I was thinking and feeling was normal. But I couldn’t find this resource, and so, I decided to create it myself.

Every day, hundreds of people begin their journey down the road of addiction. And for every single one of them is someone quite ordinary and simple, like me, who isn’t an addict themselves, but yet, cannot escape from the evil clutches of addiction. I tried attending Al-Anon meetings, but not only was it difficult to find childcare to allow me to attend, but also the meetings didn’t strike home with me. They were made up of mothers and fathers of addicts—no doubt an equally tormented group. But I needed people like me, people who loved their addict more than anything, those who knew their addict was their other half, their perfect match, except of course for that one immense sickness. People who didn’t love their addict unconditionally due to relation but people who fell in love with

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