STATE OF ADDICTION: Children living with addicted parents


JULIE: FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD DONOVAN CALLOWAY IS USED TO MAKING HIS OWN BREAKFAST. WHAT HE’S NOT USED TO, IS HAVING MOM, KELLY BURTON, BESIDE HIM IN THE KITCHE>>OUR ROLES WERE COMPLETELY REVERSED FOR MOST OF DONOVAN’S LIFE. HE WAS TAKING CARE OF ME. HE WAS THE PARENT IN OUR RELATIONSHIP. JULIE BURTON’S ADDICTION STARTED : WHEN SHE WAS 14. SHE ABUSED ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA, COCAINE, METH AND HEROIN. HITTING ROCK-BOTTOM AT 31. SHE REMEMBERS LOSING CUSTODY OF HER TWO SONS, AND GOING TO JAIL FOR THE 13TH TIME IN ONE YEAR.>>FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHEN I WENT IN THERE, IT WAS A FEELING OF RELIEF, AND I DO THAT SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT. I KNEW I WAS GOING TO GET FED IN THERE AND I WOULD HAVE LISTLESSLY — HAVE A PLACE TO SLEEP, AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO RUN ANYMORE. JULIE: THANKS TO THE HEALING PLACE, SHE’S BEEN SOBER FIVE YEARS. BUT THE SCARS FOR DONOVAN ARE STILL FRESH.>>I STILL REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED THE FIRST DAY. IT’S STILL JUST HAUNTS. JULIE TOGETHER, THEY’RE TRYING : TO WORK THROUGH IT AND BUILD A RELATIONSHIP. BUT HOW DO YOU REPLACE A LOST CHILDHOOD?>>I REMEMBER NOT GOING TO SCHOOL, LIVING OFF BASICALLY OFF POP TARTS AND BURGER KIN WAKING HER UP IN THE MORNING, AND SEEING MY LITTLE BROTHER LIKE ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS. JULIE DONOVAN SAYS IT’S A : STRUGGLE HAVING A PARENT WHO SUDDENLY CARES. IT’S A STRUGGLE HEARING ‘NO.’ BURTON SAYS ONE OF THE BIGGEST IMPACTS FOR DONOVANS IS THE SUPPRESSION OF FEELINGS, WHICH NOW COME OUT IN DIFFERENT WAYS.>>TROUBLE IN SCHOOL. TROUBLE AT HOME. RESPECT ISSUES WITH ME. OUR RELATIONSHIP IS REALLY STRAINED. >>CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THOUGH? ABSOLUTELY.>>HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?>>HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?>>ONE DAY AT A TIME. THAT’S HOW SHE DEALS WITH SOBRIETY TOO. HAVING LOST NEARLY 50 FRIENDS TO OVERDOSE IN FIVE YEARS. AND LOSING CUSTODY OF HER YOUNGEST SON, SHE SAYS SHE’S READY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND

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