Road To Recovery…
- This came for me much later in my life at age 35.
- No one seemed to know how to deal with the aftermath of abuse and trauma back in the 80’s.
- Family settled us as much as they could, provided us with a new life and home of which myself and sis are very grateful for, but there was no counselling offered from any service or doctor immediately afterwards that we know of?
- What I naturally did was pack it all in a box and leave it there for another time but the box would always try to open.
- I usually opened up to the wrong people – friends and family, co workers.
- No one knew how to deal with it or me!
- Some would take advantage of the vulnerability of my disclosure and use it to bully or talk about me.
- They saw my vulnerability as a weakness. However, I saw it as a strength!
- I learned to tell the right people.
- At age 35 when I felt at my very lowest and everything felt too much to go on in life, a friend introduced me to a wonderful organisation called Al-anon for families of Alcoholics.
- Who would have thought that their programme (12 steps) would deal with my past and current abuse
issues as well as being affected by other’s drinking and abuse at that time in my life. (The alcoholic shall remain anonymous)
- That was 12 years ago. Opening up to the right people in the right settings has given me the confidence in myself I craved and never thought I would achieve.
- Now I know I need to give my experience, strength and hope away to keep it. It’s my duty and desire to help others come through what I have.
- The recovery road is long, mostly peaceful and never ending. There are bumps, cracks, accidents and storms on the road.
- If I get knocked off? I get back on the journey as soon as I can.
- Just knowing that the journey and the spiritual side is the best part of that road gives me the comfort
and security I always dreamed of.
- I am no longer defined by my past but am a new creation willing to make a difference in the world, one community at a time!