Pesach is approaching, and the connection to addiction is obvious – we were slaves in Egypt, we are slaves to substances and behaviours to our detriment. Sadly, we hear daily about the perils of addiction – certainly the news of the toxic drug supply and deaths as a result are constant reminders of the struggle many face.
In the same way that Pesach teaches us that the possibility of redemption exists, that the oppressed can survive and ultimately triumph over their oppressors, so too can we remain hopeful that there is a pathway out of addiction. The struggle is hard, but with perseverance and critical support along the way, recovery is certainly achievable.
Our work at JACS is multi-faceted – we meet new people weekly who are looking for recovery support and those who are not sure yet they are ready to address the struggle. We meet people wherever they are.
While the challenge is real, we wanted to share what some of our clients have told us – the gifts of sobriety.
- Life is simpler – I used to have to steal to feed my addiction. It took time and I would wake up wondering when and where I would find my next “fix.” Now I celebrate each day knowing I am free of that struggle.
- I feel better about who I am – I no longer have secrets that I have to keep from those I love.
- I am present to my feelings – I recognize the urge to use drugs as just that – an urge. I am able to reach out for help as I need it.
- I feel physically better – I appreciate my physical, mental and emotional health. Yes, it has been work and I am worth it.
- I am part of a healthier community – the people I used to connect with were struggling with addiction as well. Now I surround myself with people who want to be healthy, living lives filled with meaning.
- I live with purpose – by helping others who may be struggling with this challenge, or just being present to whatever I am doing or whomever I am with.
- I feel the freedom to have fun – I enjoy a walk in the rain or the sun, I know that my joy and happiness is up to me.
We continue to be inspired by the clients we have the privilege of working with and supporting on their journey. May their courage and strength serve as inspiration to us all.
Wishing you a Pesach sameach!