This month we were blessed to receive word from three young women in their 20s and 30s whom we have been privileged to work with to help achieve their goal of freedom from dependence upon narcotics – both prescription painkillers and heroin. These courageous women (along with many other patients of ours) have each been sober/abstinent for nearly a year now, and have each had to make hard choices and put in a tremendous amount of work in counseling and personal growth to arrive at their goal.
Each of them has a different story in terms of how they became ensnared in opioid dependence, and also in terms of how they were ultimately able to overcome it. What they all share in common however (again, along with many other patients of ours) is a desire for something more; something greater; something higher than a life dedicated to chemical coping.
No one sets out in life with the aim of becoming drug dependent. Life has a way of hurting us though – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – and the temptation to seek comfort from our pain through chemical escape is increasingly prevalent in our society.
We believe – as do these three champions – that Freedom:
- is worth sacrificing for (and Memorial Day reminds us of that),
- is achievable,
- opens the door to a whole, better life.
If you are reading this (you know who you are) – we’d like to congratulate you, AND challenge you to continue being an inspiration to your families, friends and community.