In “Thanks,” a poem written by W.S. Merwin, the speaker gives thanks to the shadow side of life.
He writes, “Listen/ with the night falling we are saying thank you/ we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings/ we are running out of the glass rooms/ with our mouths full of food to look at the sky/ and say thank you/ we are standing by the water thanking it.”
Leaned up against the wall of my living room is a warped piece of wood.
From the grainy texture of its surface, a woman painted in acrylic stares back. Dark hair squiggles from her head in sporadic waves. Her complexion is punctuated by shadows that run vertically down her neck. Her lips are haphazardly painted in an expression that is neither happy nor sad.
Of all the losses that come with substance abuse, perhaps one of the worst is losing trust from loved ones.
There is nothing like the pain and frustration that comes with your loved ones not believing you when you say something.
It can take years to build trust and a mere moment to shatter it. But don’t let this challenge overwhelm you. Rebuilding trust is possible and by dedicating yourself to the following process you will have the power to change.
Sustaining sobriety requires more than just cessation of drug and/or alcohol use.
Sobriety requires self-care and diligent self-honesty. If we don’t take steps toward identifying the underlying emotional disturbance, our addiction can shapeshift, leading us to substitute one addiction for another.