Saturday, April 23, 2011

Good Friday

Son2 gave me permission to post some of his art work.  I don't know if I mentioned, he is an art major in college.  A lot of his work has to do with his recovery.  Above is a hand made book of his which he was proud to say was recently included in a show.  The cover came from a print he made from the early days, it's pretty dark, I don't know if you can see it's a guy without a head.  Yeah, much of his early work is dark, those were black days for him.  Anyway, the rest of the pages contain print images of "drug" stuff, representing the lost years.  It's powerful, and hard for his dad and I to look at, really.

Son2 was here this week again for Group on Friday and a one-on-one appointment with his drug counselor.  I was off work for the holiday so I tagged along to check with the Center regarding insurance.  I met a few of his group members, and then he invited me to sit in on his one-on-one.  I wasn't expecting that, after all that was "his" time and I knew he needed to talk through some stuff.  I'm so glad I had that opportunity.  I have to say I am so thankful for this counselor, I'll call him "D".  30 years of experience, and the guy surely knows how to get to the meat of it.  He doesn't let my son get away with anything.  He cuts to the chase, and puts reality right in front of him.  The greatest thing is that Son2 is receiving all of that very well.  He is open to change, and advice and has a great deal of respect for D.  He says he can't BS D, can't fool him, and he likes that.  WOW, I think he is growing up... growing... evolving...


  1. Tell Son2 thank you for sharing some art with us, I love to see the talent of young people. It sounds like he is evolving and has a very open mind and good attitude. :)

    Sometimes I look at all the time and energy us families put into the addict and their recovery and wonder what we'd be doing if we didn't have to attend meetings, groups, etc. etc. I like to visualize my son and I going to a ballgame or a concert. Maybe someday.

  2. really....I know exactly what Barbara means. I've thought of that a lot. I have spent SO MUCH TIME on doing things related to my son's addiction, especially before, when he was using and all hell was constantly breaking loose. Just imagine,....what if I was,...let's say...working out that same amount of time ? (I'd be so skinny and buff !) ...or cleaning and/or re-organizing my house ? (it'd be a beautiful /organized place !),...or reading books ? (I'd have enjoyed such literary pleasures !) get the picture. :(

  3. My son is also an artist and does some dark pieces as well. I have to say even though it is hard to look at some of it is beautiful. I am always amazed at his tattoo work but I wish he wasn't a tattoo artist! :(

    I was thinking the other day, if I spent 10 less hours a week studying addiction, meetings, blogging, reading, etc. I would still be spending at least 10 hours a week but that other 10 would be great to spend working out or just having time with a friend.

    I am glad I am not the only one who spends that much time on this addiction.

    I hope son2 will let you share some more of his art. I bet it is absolutely beautiful.