First, I wanted to look up the definition of "cope". Cope- To face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties on fairly even terms with some degree of success. Alrighty then. My mother is an opiate addict. For the last couple of years things have grown worse. My home life has not been an easy one for quite some time. Harsh things have been said, almost to the point of emotional abuse. Well, I am a college student, and I am 18 years old. I basically have no way out of the situation right now. My boyfriend is in the Army, and I love him dearly. Everyone talks of us getting married when he and I have not discussed it. I have come to accept that if my mother continues on the path she is on, she will die, sooner rather than later. I do not believe my mother will see me get married, or see her any of her biological grandchildren be born. I do not talk to my mother about my problems. Rather, I try to stay out of her way. I know I am supposed to detach with love, but it seems I have simply detached. So, I go to school and sometimes I break down at school. But, I'm doing my best to get my life started, and trying not to break the relationship with my mother any more. I am coping with losing my mother to an opiate induced zombie like state.