It’s what I advise a lot of parents to do: it’s just the hardest thing that you can ever do—but if you want to save their lives it’s what you’ve got to do: it’s tough love.
Being involved in peer support groups—with people who knew exactly what it was like to work in a setting with access to medications—was the key for me to be able to get solid in my recovery.
It's the iridescence that remains behind his eyes, buried somewhere / and the person willing to grab a shovel and dig / he'll be back when he realizes this is his moment to glow
I wake every morning with a smile upon my face
and fall asleep every night knowing the addiction
I have endured will have died
Memories foggy swirls my head / My cold-hearted reality / Thanks God for narcan's society
My soul mourns from starvation / The Lord grants my salvation
I’m very transparent about what I’ve endured in life and the obstacles that I’ve overcome. I’m not ashamed of it. Everything that I’ve been through in life prepared me for who I am today and who I’m going to be.
There’s a lot of freedom in knowing that I can get up, function and get through my day without having to rely on having something or enough of something to be able to make it through the day. That, to me, is true freedom, and I am thankful for it every single day. We do recover.
The Movable Project, a grassroots digital archive of recovery stories, housed at Marshall University, recently announced the winners of the 2022 Recovery Writing Contest, a partnership with the New Ohio Review, a national literary magazine.Read more