LIFE IN RECOVERY IS “FULL TO THE BRIM”

My son recently told me, The biggest realization for me came about one year in when it suddenly struck me that my life was full to the brim in a way I didn’t think possible in the absence of drugs and alcohol. Before I got clean, I saw sobriety as the end of good times and of the refuge I’d come to depend on. Just the opposite was true.

My reflection: I couldn’t understand how my son stayed in addiction for fourteen years. For as much as I tried to fix things, the solution was entirely outside of my control. I had to get out of the way. The answer was in Jeff.

Today’s Promise to consider: Recovery happens and happens every day. Moreover, life in recovery can be full to the brim. People, who are suffering, will stay mired in the abyss of addiction until they decide to change. Today, I pray that all those shackled by addiction will give themselves a chance to participate in the magic of a recovered life.

 

 

 

 

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My son began using at age fifteen and spent the next twenty years in addiction. Of course, there were times he would attempt recovery staying clean for months at a time but then relapse. It is such a difficult life for our children as well as their family. I eventually learned to listen to the wisdom of other parents, like Libby. It dawned on me one day that if the twelve steps didn’t work why are they still being used and promoted so much in the recovery community. If support groups didn’t help how could they still be operating and… Read more »

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Needed this reminder that recovery can happen. I struggle with understanding also how my son can stay in this addiction so long. He has relapsed yet again . I want to call the clinic he goes to and tell them, but I know this isn’t healthy for me.

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Where there is life, there is hope. It will be one year on March 2 we lost our beautiful 37 year old son —who was in active recovery — and father of two. It has been a year of so much pain. But also,gratitude. I used to think that feeling so helpless when someone you loved was spiralling down and struggling so hard and so sick was worse than death could ever be— but I was wrong. It is different pain but not easier. In any way. . But.. and this is a big but– we saw him full to… Read more »

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My son has been battling addiction for the past 9 years. He has been in and out of rehab facilities , but always immediately relapsed. He overdosed and was within moments of dying , Had it not been for the Narcan he received by a Police Officer. He spent 10 months in a Detention Center, which I believe ultimately saved his life. During the time he was incarcerated, we actually began to rebuild our relationship with him. We had more honest conversations during those weekly 30 minute sessions than in the past 9 years. My husband and I began to… Read more »