The Miracle of Recovery is one of God’s Greatest Gifts
Addiction takes lives, every day. More people than not can name someone they know who’s been lost to addiction. Perhaps a family member, a friend or a co-worker. While many deaths are obviously a result of addiction, some are less so. The effects of long-term alcohol and drug abuse can kill you quickly, but just as often, the person dies slowly. A large majority of cases of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver disease and cancer can be directly linked to alcohol or drug abuse. Of course, celebrating recovery time isn’t just about acknowledging your own hard work and success. Sure, that’s part of it, but it isn’t the only reason why we make such a big deal of these occasions.
In recovery, you can only keep what you have by giving it away. You continue on your paths of recovery not just for yourselves, but for those that come after you, or have still yet to arrive. When you get up and share your stories, or come up and get a recovery coin that commemorates your time clean and sober, you show others what is possible. For the new person who may only have a few days of sobriety, the idea that you could go 30 days or six months or a whole year without substances may sound completely unrealistic. When you see someone come up and collect their chip, it shows that you too can stay sober. When it comes down to it, you are the only person who can make the daily decision to recommit yourself to your recovery and stay sober one more day, but you don’t have to do it alone. The recovery community comes together to celebrate each other’s successes, and support each other in times of need.
With that said, I’d like to congratulate a good friend on 15 years of continued sobriety. If we are about sharing our experiences, strength and hope while carrying this powerful message- then by any measure, you serve as a role model for us all.
Despite all the hardships and setbacks, you persisted, you endured, you never quit, you preserved, you kept going and never gave up. You prevailed. You have touched so many people doing the work you do and living the life you have led. All your struggles have made you the woman you are today. Your story tells us the long and agonizing journey back to a better life-a journey that not everyone completes. You’ve created precisely the kind of treatment center that stresses personal responsibility, has determined what works and has now built a record of success stories. Your compassion and dedication to helping others in our community is appreciated more than you know. Even if you feel like it goes unnoticed at times, just know that I notice, and I appreciate you. Your recovery journey and drive to help others is truly an inspiration. You give those struggling the hope and strength necessary to find the light, even in their darkest times. I wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me in my journey. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me in my journey. Thank you for your constant support and for the knowledge and advice you’ve shared with me thus far. Thank you for all the doors you’ve opened and all the opportunities you’ve created for me in my journey.
I only hope I am able to touch people’s lives the way you have mine.