Letter from an Ex-Wife of an Ex-Addict 

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My husband had a drug problem all his life. After I met him his problem got worse and worse every year.

In 2016 he did a year in jail, and I remember him coming out of jail sober and happy, but that didn’t last, because as soon as he finished his probation time he went back to using and partying. He neglected his work and wanted to leave his family. He tried to stop so many times, but it didn’t work.

At the end of 2018, he decided to go back to his country, Lebanon, so he could get clean there, as he thought that being around his family would help him get clean. I started calling him and noticing that he was out all the time and hanging around bars and people who were loud all the time.

It kept going like this for a long while.

In 2021, he called me from the airport and told me that he would disappear for a few months and not to worry. He told me that he would not have his phone on him. I kind of knew that he was going to rehab, but I wasn’t sure. He disappeared for 5 months. His family would tell me that he was busy and he would call us back when he was done with his work.

In Aug 2021, when he called me he sounded different—he was laughing and excited about everything. He told me that he went to the Narconon program and got professional help for his addiction. I was really happy to hear that.

About a month later he called me and told me that he was coming back to the US and my kids would finally have their father back.

Since then he’s been in my life and in our kids’ lives, he pays his child support and comes to visit every 2 months. He talks differently, he acts differently and became the man I first met a long time ago. I see that he is now very successful in his work and in his personal life. He listens to all of us and he made our lives so much better. I see that many people ask him for help and advice on many things.

“I never thought I’ll see this day, but here I am living it today.”

I am very thankful for God’s blessing that I got my husband back. Even though we are not married anymore, he is still a blessing in our lives. My kids talk about him all the time and they are very happy that he is around. I consider him my best friend and I count on him also. I never thought I’d see this day, but here I am living it today.

AUTHOR

Heni Azzam

Heni earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Houston and went on to work in the media for 16 years, eventually becoming an Operations Manager for a television station. Having witnessed the harm that drugs and alcohol wreak on people’s lives, he is now utilizing his skills to spread awareness about drug and alcohol addiction and to bring hope to families and individuals who are battling addiction.

NARCONON ARROWHEAD

DRUG EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION