Whitney Houston’s ironic lyrics of her hit song…”Learning to love yourself is the GREATEST love of all”
Like many of my brothers and sisters in recovery, I was once feared, shamed, laughed at, scorned and disrespected. I became extremely insecure, hateful, vindictive, paranoid and I lost my self-esteem and self-confidence.
From being an outgoing, fun-loving, amiable “celebrity”, I became a law-breaker and a fugitive. I allowed myself to deteriorate into oblivion and could not overcome the fear of showing myself to my fellow actors and models once again. I dreaded seeing them in my sorry condition. I STOPPED LOVING MYSELF when I began loving drugs more!
But just like many of us in recovery, God has HIS purpose for each and every one of us. We were meant to be His instrument and messengers of hope.
Thru the unconditional love of our families and the uncompromising help of our rehab programs (DARE and SAFEHAVEN), our hurtful, lonely, broken lives were stitched, glued, taped, pasted, welded and molded into a NEW LIFE, and A NEW PERSON!
With these beautiful souls beside me, we learned to LOVE OURSELVES once again. And by doing so we made it our mission to selflessly love others devastated by the bondage of addiction. Yes, there is hope for YOUR loved one.
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