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I Have a Loved One With a Substance Abuse Problem

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    My Son

    My son has bi polar and has been medicated for the past 7 years.  He has been doing fairly well living outside our home the past 2 years.  However when he was home visiting recently I found a pipe in his pockets when doing his laundry.  We've come to find out that...
    want2Bhappy want2Bhappy 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 7, 2009

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    My Sister Is Hooked On Meth

    My whole family has been turned upside down by my sister's meth problem. I'm pretty sure she's involved in manufacturing. I'm getting sick of cleaning up her life for her, and my mom is too. Stealing, lying, being gone from home for days on end... it's getting old. We're...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Oct 13, 2006

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    My Husband Is An Alcoholic

    I have been married for 17 yrs to a man who has literally changed before my eyes. Alcoholism, I am learning, is a progressive disease. He was nice when we were dating but he has a dark side that he hid well from me. He is mean and neglectful. The alcohol makes everything worse...
    valene4 valene4 46-50, F 3 Responses May 23, 2011

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    Trust... When someone you trust hurts you they have no idea how you feel. How bad the hurt is by what they have done and how ultimately betrayed you feel. And let me tell you...
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    I have no one in the whole world to take care of me. No one to fall back on when things go dark. You are my community and you are my people and I don't know what I'd do without you...
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    I got a really bad call from the school yesterday. He's been supposedly acting out in class. He says his teacher never believes when he says another student is picking on him. My...
    flypiggie flypiggie 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    I was with a man for almost a year, after knowing him for about 2 years. The first time I met him, I thought he was the cutest thing. His name was Bryan, and if you'd ask anyone...
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    MissJessieGurl MissJessieGurl 18-21, F Nov 4

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    the first woman i ever loved was shot too death held her while she bled out death of someone you love is something that changes you forever
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    BethLeKitteh BethLeKitteh 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    Zaquoya Zaquoya 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 8

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    I have regrets. I hurt every day knowing that I let you slip away. There is a love I felt with you that I have never felt before. I long for your kiss, your embrace, the kind...
    asterinight asterinight 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 13

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    My sister hung herself when I was in 7th grade, and I have never been the same.
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    cheersfromaz cheersfromaz 46-50, F Oct 29

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    It's one of those days again where I feel super lonely! I don't have a bf anymore, school is becoming really stressful and I am trying to hold it all together, for my family and my...
    madusand madusand 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 30

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    I have no real people to turn to. The internet helps though. people on the web are the nicest I have ever met and they help me. talk to me, but its not enough. I want to be able to...
    ShhhAnon ShhhAnon 16-17, F 6 Responses Oct 31

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    Well I'm going to twist this up a bit. My dad... As silly of a goofball he is, sucks at emotions. At the dinner table with the family enjoying some fine *** spaghetti having a...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Nov 4

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    My boyfriend has been away for 5 months in Arizona. Because he got in trouble for something so stupid. He should have never been in that car is all I can really say. The day he got...
    emryno emryno 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 10

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    I hope that when you kiss him you wish it was me. I hope that when you hold his hand you wish it was me. I hope that when he makes love to you one night, You wish it was me. I hope...
    thislilkitten thislilkitten 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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    I think maybe we have all been there. I seemed to have made a career out of it. I am talking about love not lust. It can be tough and heartbreaking but eventually you survive...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 3 Responses Nov 10

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    PricelessJourney PricelessJourney 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 7

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    One Night Stand I'm in college and have had two one night stands but not have sex with them. I have brought them back to my house on separate ocassions. Both of the guys after a...
    jojo11136 jojo11136 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 10

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    Everyone in my family sees only my mask.they only see the quiet but sarcastic girl who smiles at everyone.they don't see that i have never had a friend that I'm bullied at school...
    rocky1308 rocky1308 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 26

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    tmh2058 tmh2058 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 30

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    It seems like when I need someone I'm all alone. I'm always available when others need me but when I need someone there no where to be found. Yes, I'm a loner at heart but there...
    TheFusmicster TheFusmicster 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 30

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    I'm the one people turn to for help. it's never the other way around.
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    I'm a little worried about this. I just hope my depression and whatever I have doesn't turn nasty.
    SecretsOut14 SecretsOut14 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 31

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    what is love when the ones who claim to love you hurt you
    Navae Navae 16-17, F Oct 31

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    NihilImpetus NihilImpetus 31-35, F Nov 2

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    It's horrible. I can't go to my parents because they wouldn't understand. I can't go to any of my siblings because they'll use it against me. I can't go to any of my friends...
    PotentialDeath PotentialDeath 13-15, M 4 Responses Nov 2

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    Friends are all married, preoccupied, or live too far away. Parents are not much for emotional support. Sucks to feel alone, but still grateful I have more than a lot of ppl. Help...
    BleuGardenia BleuGardenia 26-30, F Nov 2

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    babushka212 babushka212 18-21, F Nov 9

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