Letter To The Addict From The Best Friend

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To My Best Friend,

I know you have been struggling with issues that I have no hope of understanding. I know that I haven’t always been the most supportive person when it comes to helping you with those issues. In a lot of ways, my intermittent support has largely been born out of a lack of understanding of what you’re going through. I know I tried to suggest alternative ways for you to cope; however, I know that these weren’t always the most helpful. Therefore, I tried to stay away and give you space. At points, I thought this was what you needed. At other times, I was afraid of the possibility that I might fail you.

Please know that I have the utmost respect for you. You have earned the right to make your own decisions. You can do what you want with your body and your life. After all, it is yours. I also want you to know that I have only stepped in to help you because I care about you. I want you to get the help you need. I do not want to see you spiral out of control and hit rock bottom. I want you to live a life that you can enjoy. With this in mind, I want you to know that drug abuse is not a victimless crime. It’s not true because I’ve seen the results. I’ve seen what it does to the people I care about. That means you.

I’m telling you this because I miss the way our lives used to be. We used to talk every day. We used to hang out every day. I’ve loved going out and hanging with you. I liked exploring new restaurants. I liked trying new things. I’ve enjoyed exploring new places. I have enjoyed the adventures that we’ve had together. Do you remember when our parents used to joke around that we were like siblings? I still think of us that way. I know we can still have that. I refuse to accept that drug abuse, substance abuse, and addiction have to come between us forever. My willingness to intervene is merely a reflection of my dedication to you and everything that we have enjoyed together.

It seems like so very long ago that we used to have that type of relationship. I remember getting angry with you when you said you were using things that were “soft.” In reality, there is nothing that is soft in a world of addiction. All of the “soft” stuff has the potential to lead to “hard” stuff. Maybe it’s my fault for not pushing you harder to stop the soft stuff. In fact, I do take some responsibility for it. Sure, it might have made you fun at times. But it was the results of that soft stuff that truly started to take a toll on you. Eventually, you moved on to the hard stuff. You told me all you wanted to do was explore. By that point, it was too late. Addiction had already taken hold of you. At the same time, that hold is not permanent. I know there is a way out of this for you. Sure, you aren’t the same person that you used to be; however, I refuse to believe that the person you used to be is gone forever. I know that person is still in there somewhere. I am determined to get that person back.

In all honesty, I don’t even remember when you moved on to the hard stuff. At that point, there wasn’t really a difference. We weren’t even really hanging out at that point. Regardless, I still feel bad about it. I’m sorry I haven’t been there for you more often than I have. I don’t think that I’m any better or worse than you. I simply care about you. I want you to know that and I want you to know that I’m here for you. I want to have those times again. I want you to put that smile on my face liked you used to. I want our relationship to go back to the way things were. That is why I want to help you get the assistance you deserve. I know there are professionals out there who are willing to lend a helping hand. That is my offer to my best friend. I will always be there for you, regardless of the tough times you’ve had or will have in the future. I’m there for you because that’s what friends do.

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