Anyone who is on the path to recovery will most likely know the Serenity prayer, as it is a constant amongst recovery rooms and many 12-step programs: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I wasn't introduced to the prayer until I went to an Al-Anon meeting several years ago to gain perspective and support around a friends addiction to alcohol. I found ways that I was unconsciously contributing to his behaviors and ways in which I could set healthy boundaries for myself. These programs are very helpful if you or anyone you know is suffering with an addiction. My youngest sister became addicted to crystal meth at the age of 18, she is now 5 years clean, and just celebrated her 34th birthday! YAY! RECOVERY! It has been a long road, but that road has also helped her find her strength, her faith, her purpose, and create a new and beautiful life for herself. She now gives back by sponsoring others and leading them through the 12-step process. Her life experiences, although hard, have prepped her to be of service to others. She is helping people stay sober and clean by sharing her faith in God and strength of self. She is living proof that the light within us all is bigger than any obstacle, and will do anything to make itself known to us. If anyone is dealing with addiction in its many forms, you are not alone and there are a lot of recovery programs out there, and so many people willing to help you go through it. Do you have a recovery story you'd like to share? Or any words of encouragement? If so, please leave a comment below.