I just spent a very pleasant hour with my son. He was in a chatty mood, and reflecting on his life as an addict. When I told him that I had been somewhat caught off guard a few years ago when I first heard the expression, "Addiction is a family disease", my immediate response was, "But I'm not the addict." And then I described that I had begun to realize how sick I really had become, to which my son responded, "Yeah, at the time, I thought you were crazier than me, but now I realize that I was just numbed out on drugs and, unlike me, you had to feel the pain without being on drugs." I used to wonder how my sweet son had become so cold and cruel.
Sometimes, we don't know what we don't know.