“These past two years of my life have been the best two years of my life. Peace of mind wise, I am no longer hiding in my own home in the room afraid to see my family, in case the noticed I was on something. I am mending bridges with the members of my family. Although not always perfect, and we still argue, it is way better than it was before. I am accountable today, I am no longer trying to impress people who really don’t care about how I am doing, I am happy in myself! I have gained an awful lot in recovery some of which I didn’t think I’d get. Sometimes the responsibility can be overwhelming but it’s great being trusted by people now. Being trusted by my family and my mother not having to worry about something happening to me. She tells me she can actually have a good night’s sleep now and the relationship I’m getting with my father are two of the best things I’ve gotten in recovery!
“What I wish people knew about recovery is, to the people in addiction it’s not just you who’s unwell. This is a family illness and it impacts everyone close to you. The person in addiction is usually the last to see the carnage we are causing! To the families it’s obviously extremely difficult to be seeing a family member like this but try remember it’s not the person, it’s the addiction that’s the issue!
“To other Travellers especially, don’t be worried about how other Travellers will see you. You’d be surprised how many would actually praise you for going to get help, so take the jump. It was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. My life now is absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t give my worst day in recovery for my best in addiction!”