Garrett Reid, the oldest of five children for Andy and Tammy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his dorm room.
Garrett Reid was a recovering drug addict who had seemingly turned his life around. But his father indicated that his son may have had a relapse. An official cause of death hasn’t been determined yet.
“It’s a sad situation and it’s one that my son has been battling for a number of years,” Reid said. “Our family has been battling. It doesn’t mean you stop loving your son, because that’s not what you do. You love him and a lot of families deal with this type of thing. It’s a sad situation.
“Whatever trials and tribulations he had here, he’s in a better place.” Associated Press
Andy and Tammy Reid faced the greatest terror that a parent could ever experience. All parents, from the moment the child is conceived, want to protect their children from all harm, injury, and most importantly death. We want to protect them from external and internal forces that could harm them. The Reid family battled with both of these forces regarding their son’s drug addiction. The external temptation of drug usage as a means of coping with and escaping the difficulties of life can be tremendous. The internal lies we tell ourselves keep us walled off from the people close to us and lead us into isolation, despair and self destruction. When the external temptations line up with our internal lies then the ending result can be deadly. Andy and Tammy Reid loved their son and battled with all their strength to save him.
Luke 4:18 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[a]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (NKJV)
Through the years of my counseling experience, I have had many conversations with parents of chemically and or sexually addicted children. Some of these children were still minors while others were adults. In most of these cases the parents deeply loved their children and had done everything in their power to help them. As humans, our love and abilities have limits. You can love your child more than any parent has ever loved their child in the history of mankind but it will still have limits. Our human love cannot stop these external and internal forces. We are unable to block out all the avenues of temptation that the world throws at our children today. We cannot remove the internal lies or walls of fear that our children may erect. There is a place and person; however, whose love has no limits. His love can heal the brokenhearted. His love can set the captives free. Jesus boldly proclaimed himself to be that person and he still does today.
I did not know Garrett Reid or the specifics of his struggle but I am familiar with his struggle. I do not know his parents but I know of their struggle. If you are the one struggling or the loved one of the struggler, there is hope. You don’t have to fight this battle alone. Seek help and support from those around you. Recovery from any addiction is never easy and there are no quick fixes. Our God is the God of Hope and he sent His Son to carry the burdens that you cannot carry. He also sent His Spirit to comfort, guide and counsel you through the hard road of recovery. If you are the parent of an addict, find rest in knowing that God loves your child more than you and His love can protect and change the hearts of your children. Let us all continue to pray for the Reid family as they grieve the loss of their son.