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My Daughter is Back

Daughter leaving waving to father
Illustration © Eleanor Davis

The AiR team has received the best gift we could hope for, in this holiday season: AiR member help4t, who has been very active on this site and this blog, has written in with uplifting news about her daughter.

Hello, I would like to share on my now 24-year-old daughter.

By following the CRAFT modules and blogs on this site, along with help from Dominique and her team I am happy to say that my family is flourishing. My daughter had been involved with drugs for 2 years. In that time She had OD'd twice from Heroin, (although this was not her drug of choice) Cocaine was her drug. She became addicted to Cocaine most recently by injecting.

I followed CRAFT, paid out of pocket (there were no in network providers available for months) for addiction therapist and psychiatrist whom she sees monthly now. She was diagnosed with ADD, put on meds for that, which greatly helped her get through her Cocaine withdrawal at home with us. She has been in recovery for 4 plus months. My daughter is back.

She is the loving, caring child we raised. Back in school, working 30 plus hours and attending family functions. She is super excited for the holidays and tells us every day how thankful she is for us (her parents) for sticking by her and not giving up on her. Her therapist told us that my daughter had felt so bad for all she had been putting us through, and that is something she rarely hears from her addicted patients. She said our continued love and support was what helped my daughter the most.

Thank you Dominique and CRAFT. We are so so blessed.

Thank you, Help4T, for writing in and for filling us all with hope for the holidays.  Nothing is better than positive reinforcement – for us as well!

You have had a difficult and frightening time with your daughter. You stayed in her world when she was out there. You remained at the ready with treatment. You questioned your own actions and took in suggestions from this site. The hardest thing was having patience to persevere and hold the line as her drug use escalated.

We love CRAFT. It is an idealized framework for sure. Yet it is also a set of principles and strategies that can nevertheless be applied to every single moment in the life of a Loved One caught by addiction.

May everyone on this site find the strength and courage and patience to face addiction in their family. May your Loved One be returned to you.



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