I am on the other side of this but I understand your pain. It can't be easy to break away. But I also know of many parents out there who are going through hell because their child has cut off all contact with the family or comes and goes (as in my case). And although I can say that there are parents out there who seem to exploit their victimhood (one person wrote a book and started an organization exploiting the estranged son in the process and at times even making fun of him) But please know that others are in severe anguish, have done the work, and wake up every day hoping to hear their child's voice again.

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