The group experience is so beneficial. It is that connection that we are not alone. As difficult as our lives seem at times, when you enter the group, it lifts a weight off your shoulders. Mind you, we are complete strangers, our addict is our bond.
My word for last night was hopeful. Many in the group expressed the same sentiment. What I noticed was that we were all hopeful, not necessarily because our loved one was doing better, but because we had set boundaries. For me, recognizing my co-dependency has helped. For others it was contracts and boundaries they had put in place.
Starting to gain control of our own lives has put us all in a better place emotionally. Leaving the group last night I felt…renewed.