The Hardest Thing

From Courage to Change, one of my favorite daily readers:

“It’s not easy to watch someone I love continue to drink, but I can do nothing to stop them. If I see how unmanageable my life has become, I can admit that I am powerless over the disease. Then I can really begin to make my life better.”

And from my memoir: “This is the hardest thing about letting go of those we love strangling in the clutches of addiction: watching them do the dance by themselves—and staying on the sidelines. If I live to be as old as my mother when she died, I’ll never experience anything harder.”

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