Wars are not won alone
For the past 10 years, our family has been in a battle! With two adult children battling against heroin and meth addictions, I have struggled to maintain normalcy and find help, support and healing for my now 13-year-old. We have experienced jail sentences, prison sentences, multiple treatment facilities, transitional facilities, counseling, overdoses, robberies and drained bank accounts, all due to the side effects of this disease.
I have lost friends over this as well. Many of my friends are not educated about substance use disorder or do not know how to offer support. Because of this, I chose to walk away from them. To me, I did not have anyone to turn to without having to explain how addiction works. In time, I began to realize that it was up to me to help others understand. It was my responsibility to bring the disease of addiction out of the closet and teach people how it works.
Embrace ND was started as a small Facebook group to bring people with similar struggles together. It consisted of other family members who had nowhere to turn. In time, it grew to include those in recovery and even those struggling to find sobriety. It was an educational forum for us all to grow and heal from. In September 2017, we began weekly meetings. These in-person meetings include anyone affected by addiction and include community members who want to learn and offer support.
Finding a group was key for me and my youngest child. Finding our faith was also huge in finding peace again. The bitterness that is no longer in my heart is so freeing. Embrace ND does include scriptures as they are important to our avenue for healing. Giving up the stress and fight and acknowledging that God has a greater plan for us has helped many of us in this battle.
All I can do is pray and raise awareness in our community about how vital it is for us all to unite. Wars are not won alone. Embrace ND is teaming up with other agencies within our small town to share information, resources, and unify to create a supportive recovery community. Embracing those who are struggling has been and will continue to be our goal!
I would like others to know that it doesn’t take much to make a difference. My all-inclusive group started to help others cope. Little did I know that we would impact a community. We’ll overcome this disease by being open, free of judgement, and forgiving. One connection could save a life.
When you feel like you are backed into a corner, it is time to start educating others and advocating. Each community needs to rally and unite. Each member of that community is a key piece of the overall picture for recovery.
I pray that everyone embraces their piece, does their part and connects for the bigger picture.