Have you spent time (days, months, years!) Being ashamed to be a Woman in Recovery? Whether your recovery has been Alcohol, Drug related or Abuse related I hope that we can grow together in this journey of recovery.
Hi, I’m Shari and I’m an Alcoholic/Addict. I have been clean and sober for 27 years. As a Christian Woman I spent many years kind of hiding my recovery from people. (not that you just walk up to people and tell them that anyway:) My close friends new of my recovery, but we didn’t really talk about it. You see I really wanted to be like them! I didn’t want to be a recovering alcoholic/addict! I wanted to have that perfect Christian life. You know, the one we make up in our heads that everyone has but we don’t:)
But Alas, I am what I am by the Grace of God. As the years have passed it seems that addiction has just been part of my life. As much as I have tried to run from it, it creeps into my life in one form or another. Whether through family or friends I just haven’t been able to escape it! I have hated addiction and what it does to people and families. I have hated to look back at the devastation it took on my life. And the years of work it has taken for me to get where I am today.
If you want the truth… I pretty much avoided hurting people with any kind of addiction.
Until about 5 years ago…A life changing situation in my family hit me right in my face and called me to accept…my past for what it was and my present for what it is. To accept myself and all that God has created me to be.
So today I rejoice in helping others that hurt and who are caught in bondage or who’s lives are touched by alcohol, drugs or abuse. May we travel this road together.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of youurself with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3