Hi everyone, I have long heard the saying that loving a drug addict is harder than being one yourself. As the daughter of an addict, I believe this to be true. My father, who is a man in his mid-50's, has struggled with addiction throughout my entire life and although I have many loved ones that suffer from addiction, this particular person and his battles are the ones that are the hardest for me. Although I know addiction is a disease and that many of the behaviors exhibited by an addict are purely drug-fueled, I am finally at the end of my rope with him. Unfortunately the years of amphetamines and opiates have made him a very verbally abusive person, as well as a compulsive liar. Being in his presence has become unbearable and I fear detrimental for my children. Has anybody else ever had to make the choice to walk away from their beloved addict, simply to save yourself the heartache? I hope he sees the light but after many years of the same thing, I fear this is the way it will always be.