A recovering addict wrote to me:
The miracle of contented sobriety.
From the fiery wreckage of one life, the sprigs of a new life emerge…
for me, for my family, and for those around me.
Hope is available through God-dependence and service to others.
My reflection: This young man’s words are full of promise and gratitude. His chains of addiction now broken, his life is an example of sobriety in action. This is powerful and reminds those of us who love addicts that a sober life is indeed possible.
Today’s Promise to consider: When we feel desperate, at our wits-end, and ready to give up, let us remember that where there is life there is hope. For today, I’ll hold on to this recovering addict’s words, “From the fiery wreckage of one life, the sprigs of a new life emerge…Hope is available through God-dependence and service to others.”2252
I personally know how easy it is to give up hope on an addict. But, it IS possible to achieve sobriety. Just like a person who has surgery, the recovery process can be long, brutal, and painful. An addict goes through the same process.
Jeff is a perfect example of drugs taking hold of his body. But, he recovered.
Staying sober is hard work. It’s a daily fight for life. But, like Libby says, where there’s hope, there is life, there is hope.
Never give up hope, for the addict can surprise us all, and want to live.
With love and prayers,
Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms. We’ve all suffered in different (and the same) ways. Today, let’s join in prayer for each other: for strength, hope and continued care and compassion for ourselves.
Happy Mothers Day to you Barbara and Libby. Days like today were so painful for me for a long time. I must admit they are still not entirely happy for me. There is always a loss connected with being a mother of an addicted child.
I pray for all the mothers who are still in pain. I got out my gratitude list today and that has helped turn my thoughts around. Progress not perfection!
Thanks for your words of wisdom. How many holidays did I dread, worrying about how was I going to get through them! Lots of us are in pain and you’re right – it’s progress not perfection. But the road is still a hard one. Thank the Lord we are still open to learning…together.
Love to you,