D is doing well and sounds very happy in the new sober living house, which just so happens, is much closer to where he works....good thing...less gas $. He knew the people (at least most of them) in that house already, since he's been in the area since last Dec. and going to meetings since Jan.. He is quite connected with people in the area in recovery, so already knew the house manager before he moved in there, which is how he got a spot right away on last Sun. night. One big difference in the new house is that it's not just males, like his old house.....that gave me pause. I just hate to see him get involved with a girl in early recovery. And, even though it's less than a week, he's already talking about some girl that lives in his house who's like his "best friend",...and also happens to be "so hot". Sigh. He never did have problems getting a girlfriend,...just hope he focuses more on working on his recovery....and wouldn't it be great if sometime he could have a non addict girlfriend ? He actually used to have those,...back when he was still living home....but they'd never last because he could never quit using.
He just sounds very very happy,...but that makes me feel a bit of concern though, although not as much as when he's depressed and miserable,..not even close. My concern is that whole pink cloud thing,....who was it just discussing this on a blog ? I mean, geez....he was just miserable and sobbing on the phone on Sun. night.....that's him though, so zero to 60. I do know that when he is really working on his recovery, he's so happy about it,...that's been consistent every time. He did say he'd also been struggling too, but is getting through it each day. I know he's having a lot of support in that effort by the house manager helping him, as well, of course, by his sponsor.
He is going to start on the Naltrexone, so I'm very interested to see how that will go....if he feels a difference, etc.. I did hear that it can cause fatigue, but now that he does take medication for ADHD again (Vyvanse), which is a stimulant, that should help with fatigue. He'd forgotten (I hadn't) how much the Vyvanse helped him. When he started taking it again, he texted me and said..."oh my God, the Vyvanse is incredible...it's so much easier for me to be at work,..amazing". Ever since he was little and first took medication for ADHD, I used to think he should be on a commercial for it....it helps him so very very much. He's sensitive to a substance.....geez,...ya think ? So, that can work in both ways....for the negative (as we all know so well), but also positively, when he takes a legitimate medication to help make his brain work in the correct way. I see that as a teacher so much....with ADD/ADHD. I look at the kids who are so affected by it...whose parents won't give them medication that could help them, ...and as a result, they continue to struggle and feel bad about themselves. And I think...how many of them will become addicts ? Meanwhile, if they had asthma or something else, their parents would give them medication for that in a heartbeat....even something new that just came on the market,...compared with something that's been used for such a long time as the medications used to treat ADHD. O.K.,..off my soapbox here on that, but the media has put out so much misleading info. to the public on ADHD that it really saddens me. We have a long way to go until it's understood without the misconceptions that are so common.
So, for now....for today, I'm feeling a sense of relief, and hope it's not short lived, because we really could use it, after these years. Of course, of course....I don't think that it's not going to continue to be a significant struggle for D. I'm just enjoying today...and hopefully, the weekend. I'm just LOVING that he doesn't have ANY court date looming in the future right now. WOW. There have only been 3 mo.s since June 2008 that he didn't have court dates coming up and those 3 yr.s of that weighing on us (at least for me) was always a worry. His active using (ugh, and dealing), and the chaos and pain related to that was even worse though. It feels weird to know that he doesn't have court coming. He does have to get the comm. svc. hours (only 25) done , and mail the documentation to prove it up to the court here though. I'm going to try to not mention it to him and see if he'll mention it to me. I know this is pathetic, but it won't be easy for me to not ask him about that.
I hope that we all can have some peace this weekend....at least for a couple of days. For those of you whose addict children are surely using, or you don't know where they are, that peace is so much more elusive. I know it so well. I keep all of our children in my prayers for lasting recovery.