When I stopped drinking, there were challenges for sure, my anxiety being the biggest, but more rewards by far.
My head was clearer, my body more healthy (as much as possible for me), my spirit more free.
Still, I realize that I have a tremendous support system that made it so much better for me – and that there were other points in my life where I not only could not have stopped so easily but I also drank much more and much heavier alcohol during those times.
I say this because I just watched this wonderful TED talk:
At the end, Johann states, “the opposite of addiction is connection” and I am realizing how true that is.
Now, when I feel overwhelmed with my health issues and anxiety disorder, I have my husband and daughter at home. I have my emotional support dog, Henry the Wonderpup. I have my amazing family, who live about two hours away but would be in the car in a flash if need be. I have wonderful friends who message often. I have my bestie, Al, who lives a couple of miles away and who’s door is always open. I have my bestie, Ginny, who lives a few hours away but is always on call. I am never alone, even on my yuckiest days.
However, many who are battling addiction, whether it is to alcohol or opioids or amphetamines or another substance, feel that they are on their own. This is made worse by the fact that is often SO frustrating to deal with a person when they are in the grips of addiction that we naturally push them away. It is an incredibly difficult situation for all who are involved. That is why support is needed both for addicts and for their loved ones.
As it seems that I can’t go more than a few days without hearing of a death directly or indirectly linked to substance abuse and I hear of so much suffering related to addiction and I am so incredibly grateful to have been set free myself, I will continue to preach the “help is available for everyone” gospel as long as these fingers can type.
If you are struggling, you are NOT alone. Even if you don’t have a support system at this time in your family and friends, support is available to you:
For family members and friends: al-anon.org
There are many other support groups available online as well. Just do a search.
As always, if you are in crisis, present to the nearest emergency room. They WILL help you regardless of your insurance situation.
No matter how you feel, you are never alone.
Be well, everybody.
Grace and Blessings.