For as long as I can remember I’ve witnessed the effects of addiction within my community of family and friends. I spent many years witnessing the stigma surrounding addiction while the distance grew between those suffering. Feeling confused and helpless, I coped by mirroring how other family and friends did: avoiding, hiding, and disconnecting. But this was never the answer. Within the last few years, I have lost two family members to fatal overdoses. Through my own healing journey following these tragic losses, I’ve recognized what the missing element had been all along: connection.
Today I’ve built sustainable practices to build deeper connections of love and support to others, as well as myself. Walking my own healing path, I’ve been able to find the balance between both/and rather than either/or. Being able to be a support system for others AND have boundaries to continue my own healing journey has been pivotal. Today, I strive to be present in every moment to find balanced opportunities to connect with myself, others, and the world around me. As Ram Dass once said, “We’re all just walking each other home.”.