Marahu Falcon George / Real Life
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My husband completed 45 days of treatment for dope addiction before coming home; 30 days were in “blackout”. He recently returned home and last Friday we celebrated 60 days sober. He told me that since the first time he picked up a substance, he has never put this many clean days together. He recreationally used drugs for years before he discovered opioids. It has been a descent into hell since then.
This has been just a small part of my life story about my marriage to a man who suffers from opioid addiction and our journey towards early recovery. I love my husband dearly. We are now living one day at a time. Fighting one day at a time. He is doing this with therapy, meetings, and Vivitrol.
Currently, we are facing an opioid epidemic of epic and devastating proportions in the United States. My husband is just one person among millions who are battling this. It is a life or death fight. Only 1 in 10 people get treatment. My husband is one of the lucky ones, but he is not more deserving than anyone else. Peace to everyone out there: those that are beating it in recovery, that are still caught in the tight hold of addiction, those that live with an addict, and those that love an addict. Never give up. NEVER.
My name is Marahu Falcon George and I live in Massachusetts with my husband, dog, and 2 cats. I recently came out of anonymity on my blog because I refuse to live in stigma’s cold shadow any longer. I am not ashamed that I love a very newly recovering dope addict. Writing has been integral in my survival as I battle addiction at home. I hope that by sharing my story I can be a positive force in breaking down the stigma that surrounds addiction and empower the brave people and families who are fighting for their lives. You can read more at my blog, Real Life: One Wife's Journey Back from Addiction and Rediscovery of Self