I am a 45 year old woman, professionally employed, wife of 25 years to an alcoholic man and mother of two adult children. My eldest, a son is 23 and has been a heroin addict for 2 years. My youngest, a daughter who is 21, has been forever changed by the pervasiveness of addiction in her family.
I live in total secrecy about my family within my community, my work and 95% of my friendships. I am so filled with grief and shame. This is my effort to begin to release the shame and begin making healthier choices for myself and my family.