I read an old friends blog this morning.... she shared that after 8 years of sobriety, her son has a full time permanent job with benefits. Laura was one of the first blogs I started reading. I am so happy for she and her son, Cliff....they are moving forward, both autonomously, both creating the lives that work for themselves individually. Not just surviving.
Sadly, I am still in survival mode. Reading her words, as happy as I am for her, made me tired. 8 years. My girl isn't even sober yet... and yes Laura is so right in that stopping the drugs is JUST the beginning. The first step. Then there are all of the other underlying issues to be dealt with... the baggage and damage in all of its forms, from years of living an unhealthy and dysfunctional life.
I can't look ahead 8 years. I can barely look to tomorrow.
Just for today, I am here with my little woman who will leave this earth in the next few weeks. I get to focus my love and care on her and do something that feels worthwhile. For today.
Congratulations Cliff and Laura. I really am so happy for you. You are one of the success stories, one of the stories that shows me that recovery from deep all invasive addiction, really can happen, does happen.
Bless your hearts and much love....