Happy National Addictions Professionals day! I will say that it is nice to be recognized for the work I do, and my team is one of the best at making sure we know how valued and appreciated we are by each other and the community.
It's not an easy job. As a narrative therapist, I gather stories I've heard and so many of my clients are so brave that it almost hurts to be a spectator to their struggles and their accomplishments. And sometimes, I go home with my heart aching for those who are suffering. Sometimes, hearing and seeing trauma whittles me down, tears me down, and I have to make a conscious effort to extricate myself and use my skills to care for myself and to be intentional about self-care and processing. But, it is an honor. I believe it is my honor to witness what I do. It is an absolute honor that I can witness the struggles,.and the trauma, and how they use their strengths to overcome their challenges.
Makeup is often an outlet for me. It is often the way I deal with my own challenges and with my own trauma. And I am grateful I can share that with you and others.
If you are sober for just a minute, I am proud of you. If you relapse, I am still proud of you for the work you put in to stay sober for as long as you did, and I am proud of your desire to start over, or the willingness to ask for help.
If you are using, I still love and respect you as a person, and I am proud that you lived another day, and coped another day so that you could make choices that affect your future. If you lived today, I am proud of you for doing what you could with what you could. I am honored that you let me be a part of your journey toward self-discovery and sobriety.
If you're suffering, I see you. I see you trying. I see you have hope, and you have motivation, and you may have a village of people you just haven't met yet.
I see you. And I love you. And I am proud of you.
Keep going, friend. Keep digging into your strengths, keep using your supports, keep fighting for the dream you have of living a different reality because I'm honored to help you see your strengths, to be one of your supports, to help you develop a clear view of your dream.