Romance in Recovery; A Co-Dependent’s Story

Someone somewhere once said, “you must endure the lows in order to appreciate the highs.”

The connection between an addict and their co-dependent is all consuming. If allowed to run wild can become extremely destructive. In some ways we are addicted to our addicts. We allow them to dictate our moods and behaviors. For me I called it love. Love was a veil I wore so nobody could see the pieces of me falling apart.
I was so young.
I believed, “love will get us through.”
I thought the hard stuff was behind us.
I was so naive.
Never knowing you would break my heart.
Never knowing I could break yours.
Never knowing heart break would save our love.
Today I am stronger.
Today I proclaim my love for you knowing full well you could destroy me.
Today I have achieved an understanding of addiction.
For my beloved,
On this day seven years ago we vowed our love,
In sickness and in health,
For richer or poorer,
I will never love another the way I love you.
Forever Yours,
L.K. Brown