I’ve always had anxiety. To calm it down, I used to get wasted or spend money trying to cover it up with something else. Seven months ago, I went sober and am learning how to listen compassionately to my inner anxious voices. What I’ve learned is that it’s always about shame or fear. What I’m learning is that I can face those fears and resolve them instead of trying to sweep them away.
The parts of myself that emerged when I was drunk were parts I loved but was scared to show. Now, I’m learning to love my whole self, all the time. I never thought I had a substance abuse problem, but recovering is transforming my life.
Love all the parts of you. They deserve it. It’s how we heal.CANDACE
Responsibility To One’s Self
I have a long family history of drug abuse & alcoholism which has deeply affected my life / family. Luckily I don’t struggle with these issues. Over the years I’ve learned I can’t fix or force the people in my life to be better. I am only responsible for myself – & only I am capable of making myself happy.JESS C.
9 years ago I was heavily addicted to cocaine. I didn’t think it was possible to break free of my addiction. I lost everything, including my self worth & will to live.
9 years later, I own my own successful business, am happier than I ever could have imagined. I have a happier life – joyous & FREE.Caroline B.