Addictions kill and hurts everyone
My name is Joanna and I'm twenty four. Too make my long life story short, I will get to the point. I come from an immediate family with mental illness and addictive personalities. I too suffer from depression and anxiety, but have had it under control. About one year ago, our family found out my oldest sister whom has six kids was using heroin on a daily basis, and her children were immediately removed. I already have two young sons and was living in a two bedroom apartment with my kids and my fiancé. Then I was asked by dcfs to take the three youngest of my nieces and nephew. It's been almost a year and I still have them. Since then we rented a single family home to fit all seven of us. The older three kids went to live with my disabled parents. Well two months ago, my dad died unexpectedly on his 60 th birthday. I was devastated, and it just started to function on my normal routine. My father suffered from a long time addiction with alcohol and we believe that's what ultimately caused his demise. I just started to get back into a regular routine again and put the pieces back together for the kids I have to take care of. Now just yesterday I got a horrible phone call from my mother pleading with god to take her away, my heart sank. I asked her and said, who. Who was it now. She said my brother had just passed away from an overdose of many drugs, whether it was intentional or accidental, we will never know. I am losing all my faith in god and don't know what to believe anymore. I have to stay strong for these give young children and for my mom. My heart is broken because of these tragedies and on top of that my sister is still using heroin and not even attempting to get her children back. I'm glad I found this website, and it feels good that other people can relate in some way.