Recovery From Addiction is Not Only Possible, It can be a Beautiful Reality
Addiction is real.
Addiction took me away from my friends, family, self and God to a place of spiritual sickness where I became the very lowest version of myself. It was a place of such utter loneliness and despair, I believe that only a person that has suffered from addiction and mental illness can truly understand it.
In British Columbia alone, more than 914 people lost their lives as a result of overdose - Vancouver saw a 60 per cent increase in overdose deaths from 2015, Surrey – 42% increase, and Victoria – 267% increase. Kelowna saw a 153% increase and Kamloops saw an incredible 471% increase. (Source)
In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem; by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness; 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence; people with a mental illness are twice as likely to have a substance use problem compared to the general population and mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada. (Source)
Of course, this doesn't take into consideration the slow, grueling, spiritual deaths people experience because of alcoholism or other prescription drug use. For certain, it is a crisis, and not just in Canada, but worldwide.
Recovery is real-er.
My way back to my true self was through my belief in Jesus, many different 12 Step programs, my family, my church, group/private counselling and a fierce determination that I was entitled to a good life. Today, I live that good life where I am a loving mother, good friend & family member and I am building the career of my dreams by being of service to others through writing, radio and counselling.
I have had the opportunity to share my story through both presentations and my book, which has helped me fulfill my goal to reach women suffering in addiction, poverty and/or a unhealthy relationship with the message that they are not alone.
Where Ms. Recovery Comes In
Writing is a gift that has given me hope in the darkest moments of my life. It gave me a place where I could be all of myself without apology, allowing me to "think on the page" and develop self-awareness and healing from my personal and professional challenges. Writing gave me hope for a future and I'm so grateful God has given me the opportunity of Ms. Recovery Writes to share that hope with other women in recovery.
As a Recovery Counsellor, my hope is that my clients will feel seen, heard, understood—and most importantly safe—while experiencing the self-discovery involved in the counselling process. While I aim to be an empathetic listener for my clients, I also strive to hold them accountable and challenge their self-defeating thoughts and behaviours that I see holding them back from achieving their hopes, dreams and goals in life. I do this with their best interests in mind because I truly want to see them succeed.