Today I am grateful for a family that is together and whole. It has not always been like this. When my daughter was struggling with addiction the holidays were not a happy time. We got through the holidays but did not always enjoy them. Today I am thinking of those who are struggling, whether it is the addict or the ones that love them, and I am praying for comfort and serenity amidst the difficult times. It is difficult to know that things can get better, that there is hope for everyone no matter how desperate the situation seems.
I have a story of hope because this month my daughter is celebrating 3 years in recovery. I am so grateful for this and yet I know that it has been a difficult journey. It is becoming easier to forget the dark days, as I call them. They seem like a distant shore that is becoming more and more difficult to see. Sometimes I want to be rid of any memory as if it didn’t exist and other times I realize that it is important to remember in order to keep me from falling back into the unconscious co-dependent behaviors of my past. I chose to remember what brought me to this point in my life journey and relish all the joys and blessings that have come with it. Just like remembering what the holiday season is all about. Besides a time to be with family and friends, it is about reflecting on what I am grateful for. I am grateful for the slow, but steady, process of recovery from the co-existing diseases of addiction and co-dependency. A time to celebrate, remember and be grateful for today.
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