While searching the internet one day, I stumbled upon the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (www.ncadd.org) website. It offers great resources and what I found to be an encouraging blog of success stories of recovery. I have enjoyed reading them, but wanted to highlight one in particular.
“Addiction was nothing new to my family. There's a long line of alcoholics and my parents had been through this all with my brother years before me. The first time my parents dealt with addiction, they lost their son. I lost my brother, my niece lost his father, a small community lost a beloved friend. He was the kind of person that lit up a room no matter how dark it was. A truly amazing human being.
My moment of truth came as I sat on my bed, crying and alone, holding my brothers t-shirt. My boyfriend had been arrested and incarcerated the very day I found out we were going to be parents! In walked my niece, beautiful and innocent but with pain in her eyes. "It's okay if you miss daddy, I miss him too!" That moment, I decided my child would never have to feel that pain. I checked myself into detox the next day, March 15th 2011. I've been opioid free since that day. In 35 days I'll be a college graduate and I have the pleasure of raising my saving grace every single day!
Jessica, sober since 2011
This story is a great testament to mental health facilities and the incredible hope they provide. In this case of drug abuse, Jessica was brave and took a bold step to seek help. It’s unfortunate that she had to endure painful circumstances, but we frequently see that pattern. Change is hard. At times it takes something even harder to motivate us to make a change. If you are in a place right now where you feel that you need to make a change, but are not ready to take the leap…let Jessica be the encouragement that you need in order to take that first step. Whether you’re struggling with depression, addiction, or another mental health concern…there is a treatment center that can help you along the way.
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