I shared my story (about my Grandad and my own susceptibility), and have heard from a couple of friends who are willing to share their stories. Their stories are different. You will not see their names here, and they give permission to share these with you.
I have heard different but similar stories most of the places I have lived. Another friend puts their story this way.
I chose to include these two stories of addiction and recovery for two reasons. It might help those who have shared here. Their stories are stories of success and healing. They gave permission to share them with you.
The second reason is for someone who might be reading this and deciding whether to “come clean” or to “get sober.” I have seen enough of the delirium tremors and withdrawal to know that it is no picnic. I have also helped bury enough who have taken the path of least resistance and continued in their addiction.
Your chaplains are here to help…as soon as you take the first step and reach out. Why not reach out now?