Jeremy's family was likely aware of Al-Anon and related groups. "It
went from prescription drugs and alcohol to hard drugs, such as meth, cocaine,
heroin,” his father said. This was probably spoken in retrospect. Junkies
can be good at masking the extent of their abuse. Family and friends initially
believe the denials, wondering only why the junkie seems to run out of money so
quickly. They suppose he "might" have a "slight" problem that
he's working through.
My heart aches for the Palmer family. Such a tragic and needless loss of their
son. My family also experiences the painful effects of addiction. There are no
words to express such sorrow. May God comfort and bless the Palmer family.
I'm so sorry for their terrible loss.
Having dealt with addictions for years in my family, I am puzzled why more
family members do not know about Al-Anon and other 12 step groups for the
friends and families of alcoholics and other drugs, and sex addiction, etc. The
family is part of the tight, integral support system of the addict and I can
either enable or detach with love and find ways to set boundaries around the
addict. I am considered a co-addict and I have my own program to look at and
work as well. I am also LDS and will continue to grow in my programs as they
have helped me immeasurably. I just wish so much I had known about these
resources at a much younger age.
This is just a sad, sad, heartbreaking story. Even good parents can have
children who make mistakes, and even good people can become addicted to drugs.
Its just sad that the life could have been saved.Hopefully the
friends can turn their lives around, too.