I wanted to take a few moments and review the past year and thank all the avenues and people for the support that they have given me. This past 16 months has been an amazing journey for me. I have seen the darkest hours and I have seen the brightest of hope. I have seen how to put recovery into action and I have seen what it does if no action is taken. I have and continue to be active in my rolls in recovery. However, having so much support around me helps so much.
Yesterday I was working on my bike and had Jake over to help out. We were discussing recovery and how others can get help. Jake just rolled out a site and I encourage all to check it out. it can be found at recoverywithjake.org Sitting in my garage with a good friend and knowing that if I need him to help me through a tough time and that he will be there for me is huge. I think that men in general feel so weak if we need to ask for help. In recovery, I see this all the time. Men falling down because they are simply not asking for help. I understand that prayer and help from the Savior is the first place support should be sought from. I also believe that the Lord placed each of us on the earth to help others and that he wants us to learn from these type of experiences. If the Lord did not work through others then what is our purpose in creating bonds with each other?
I admit, when I was in my addiction I was too prideful to reach out for help. I though I could handle it and that this was something only I could fix. Wow, how wrong was I. After nearly 16 months of sobriety I have realized that I have needed everyone and every resource to get to where I am. My Mom and Dad have been there and will continue to be there for me. I have felt their love and support from day one when I was sitting on their couch telling them everything that I had been through. I am still so grateful for their reaction. They wrapped me in their arms and told me that we will get through this. My in-laws have been the same way. Although I know they are still very hurt at the pain I have caused their daughter, I still feel love from them. I know that at any time I could reach out to any of my family members and get support from them.
All of the support group brothers that I have are more than amazing. I have such great respect for those who are in recovery and still fight for freedom from addiction. The bonds I create and maintain help me through each day of my life.
The love of the Savior at times is tangible but is more frequently felt through others. As I have been very blessed in my recovery I hope that I can be of support to others who are struggling or just be a good friend to those who are in need of a friend.
Finding the right kind of support is critical. I don't believe that anyone can recover from addiction without support from others. I am so grateful for the support I continue to get and so I fight. I will fight for the love and support of others and more importantly the love of my Savior.