New Mom with a year and 8 months clean

Kelsey - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi I'm 24 and a brand new mom and im also a recovering addict. My daughter is 5 weeks old and for the past few weeks ive been struggling. I'm a Navy wife, so we are currently living far away from family and loved ones. I know no one here and only interact with my husband for the most part. Really I'm just wondering if anyone had thoughts of using or the need to just want to feel different a few weeks after giving birth. I love my daughter, I love my life and my husband. But the stress of being away from everyone and not having all that extra help with the baby and lack of sleep and breastfeeding issues is all weighing on my mind. Sometimes I just want to have that need to want to do that "instant" feel different thing to just make it through the day. Advice, Support... anything would be appreciated. Thanks

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Amy - posted on 08/01/2010

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My name is Amy Brown just wanted to wish you the best. Myn husband is not in the milatay so I can not help in that way. I am praying for you. I go to alanon meetings. I do not know but I would check with someone in the milatary and see if they have meetings there on base. My husbands dad was in the milatray and so were alot of his family. I will ask around in my meetings and see if they know of any. They have them all over and I know they have meetings for just doctors, layers and so on they must have something for those in the reserves. Keep your chin up and enjoy those babies of your.

Kristi - posted on 04/17/2010

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Kelsey.....we have so much in common. I am also a Navy Wife, mom to 2 kids, and a recovering addict. Anyone who has never been close to an addict is not going to understand us. For some reason our brqins are programmed differently. Feeling the need to use again is very normal. Especially after such a dramatic change in your daily life. Ie; becoming a mom, moving away, and living the military life. It took me along time to stay clean and sober. I did it with the help of my family and my doctor and an addiction counseler. If your able to you should ask your PCM if you can see a counseler/therapist in behavioral health at the naval hospital. Mine has helped me not only with my. Addiction but also myself as a person/mom/wife. Just take it day by day, or hour by hour. And when you think you want to use, just look at that precious baby. You have to be strong. No using addict can be a great mom or wife. It's tough enough without drugs. I hope some of this helped. I know its hard sometimes. But it will get easier. Trust me.



Kristi

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