Anne Emerson's Story
“Relapse doesn’t have to be part of my recovery journey any more”, I kept telling myself after I had a relapse after almost 5 years in recovery. Today living a life in recovery is far better than how I was living high on meth. I am reaching goals, more than I ever have in my life. Recovery has given me my own place to live, a new car, a job, and the best of recovery is being the mom to my son that he deserves.
There are many paths to recovery, for some its meetings and a sponsor. I tried that path, it wasn’t for me. My path consists of grief therapy for the death of my significant other,(fentanyl overdose), DBT(dialectical behavioral therapy), which has been my saving grace, and a newfound love for therapeutic art. I am a recovery ambassador for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit that advocates for recovery and the opioid epidemic.
If I had to tell someone struggling one piece of advice it would be to have faith and hope, believe in yourself, and don’t give up when life gets hard. Relapses aren’t failures, they are just God’s way of showing us what doesn’t work, leading us to find what does work.
Recovery is possible, and I’m living proof.