Readers react to wife's plea to drug-affected husband
"I AM a broken person. I am tired of making excuses and pretending everything is fine. I am tired of holding this family together. I am tired of your reactions, your moods, your erupting anger."
With those words a wife has started an open letter to her drug-affected husband.
It's one every parent - and teenager - should read and it generated plenty of debate on Facebook sites across the APN group.
You can read the full letter here: YOUR Story: A letter to my drug addicted husband
Here's what QT readers said when her story was shared online and on Facebook:
"How terribly sad," wrote a reader from Booval Fair. "Different persons react differently but for you and your children's sake, would it not be better if you left him? I suspect your husband is beyond help and all you and your children will have is protracted trauma."
Kelli Jayne also identified with her plight: "Very much like living with a depressed alcoholic," she said, adding "this brings back too many bad memories."
Sarah Hayward was equally sympathetic: "I've lived with a drug affected person! It's extremely damaging."
But Amanda Schlodder was more direct: "Throw him out and divorce him! Simple."
Helen Wilson added: "How sad. If it's any consolation, cheers to you for staying there and trying to hold things together. It's a very brave thing to do."
And Amy Truloff and Teens Stoess were in agreement: "So awful. Makes out issues sound like nothing."
And a reader from Belbird Park added: "This poor woman requires a bit more credit for her outstanding resilience to try and keep her 'family' together. There is no one solution. Drug use has exactly the same effect on parents when kids are on the stuff, trying to keep families together is a natural instinct for any nurturing person. Leaving the family home will open up a whole different can of worms in regards to vulnerability and loss of security for her young family."