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A letter to my parents

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Dear Mom and Dad,

I'm sitting here crying as I write this. I need you to know a few things.

My one year anniversary of being sober is coming up. I've worked very hard on myself to try and find out where my behaviour came from.

I want to say I'm sorry. I'm sorry for trying to blame you. I'm sorry for hating you.

You are not at fault. You never were.

I am in recovery today thanks to you.

Sticking to your ultimatum is what made me seek help. I was alone and broken. I hated you with a vile passion but now I'm grateful.

I'm 11 months and 27 days clean thanks to your uncompromising, steadfast resolution. I loathed you at the time but looking back I'm really grateful you had the support from Chabad Lifeline and were able to do the right thing. It must have been the hardest thing you've ever done.

Dear Mom and Dad, I love you.

I always will.


Note: this is a copy of an actual letter. Certain identifying details were removed.

Parents, would you like to hear from experts and young addicts in recovery?

On November 30th, Chabad Lifeline will be hosting a free educational initiative where you can ask questions to our Family and Youth Counsellors, as well as young recovering addicts who will recount their struggles during adolescence.

No cost but pre-registration required.

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