Sooo…hi everyone! I just wanted to write a quick note to say THANK YOU to everyone who read my latest blog post and responded with such positivity. I was honestly super terrified to publish that piece, because I was very unsure of what the reaction would entail. I was totally unprepared for the stream of love, kindness and support that was sent my way, from people I know and people I’ve never even met. Not only did my recovery community rally around me, but others did as well. The post was shared over 150 times on Facebook by Friday (which is when I decided I needed to step away from the Internet or I might have an anxiety attack) and I received hundreds of messages of support on Facebook alone, not to mention my friends on Instagram and Twitter. I also received a dozen emails from strangers who either wanted to show support or were looking for how they could find help for themselves or a family member.
I tell you all this not to boast, but to show how freaking HUGE this issue is. No matter who you are, or where you are from, you are affected. Everyone knows someone who has been negatively impacted by addiction. But there is so much hope. Did you know there are over 23 million people in the United States in long term recovery from addition issues? That’s an incredible number! Part of of my reason for going public was so I could more openly support groups such as Many Faces 1 Voice and I Am Not Anonymous, who are spearheading a new recovery movement. There is a documentary on Netflix right now called “The Anonymous People” and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching.
Recovery works. I am so proud to be who I am and where I am in this journey. And so, so grateful.
From the bottom of my heart…thank you.