With Death, at Least You Get to Grieve

by The Discovering Alcoholic on August 13, 2007

“It’s the most devastating, heart-wrenching thing I’ve ever been through,” said Madden’s father, Jim Conerly. “With a death, you grieve and then you can go on with your life, but with addiction and alcoholism, it seems like there is no finality to it. You’re in a constant state of grief.~Living Clean by Mary Jimenez

I ran across the quote above in an article in the Shreveport Times by Mary Jimenez. It was said by a father whose daughter was struggling with multiple addictions before she found a recovery program that worked. You can follow the link at the end of the quote to read her story; thankfully it has a good ending. The article provides some less than common insight on addiction and details two other recovery stories, but it was this quote that really grabbed my attention.

Except for those that have experienced it, this quote will be meaningless. Those unfortunate enough to relate, will be able to appreciate the elegant simplicity of Mr. Conerly’s quote.

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