Cleaning house is never an easy task. Cleaning out the home of parent who was a hoarder and suffered from an opioid addiction is considerably messier. My father had been an avid outdoorsman and a loving parent for the first 20 years of my life. Read the rest of this personal story at The Globe and Mail…

Witnessing a loved one travel down the dark path of addiction produces a wide range of thoughts and reactions in an attempt to cope and process the relationship. Some days I felt unloved, as if my dad had selfishly chosen his substance use over me. On other days, I felt self-blame. Maybe if I was a better, more involved daughter, he would change.

Image: Illustration by Chelsea O’Byrne (Globe and Mail)