Emma

Speaker

“The most painful parts of your story will be the most powerful parts of your testimony”…Growing up I had always felt like my skin was too tight for me.  I had a challenging upbringing and never felt good enough, which fueled an eating disorder and self harm.  These issues progressively worsened over the years, especially when I added drugs and alcohol into the mix.  I had always had a bitter attitude towards getting help with my mental health struggles, and I continued to reject the support that my peers were trying to offer me.  However, when I hit a rock bottom, I decided that I would try to seek help because doing things “my way” hadn’t been working.  I began to take sobriety seriously by going to treatment where I came to understand that addiction is a disease, not something I had to be ashamed about.  I sought help through therapists, counsellors, psychiatrists and recovery meetings, all while maintaining hope.  By practicing yoga, mindfulness and meditation, my self confidence has gradually come back, and stronger than ever before.  Anytime I feel like I am going to fall back into my old ways, I take advantage of the creative side in me.  I strongly believe in art and music therapy as it has been a huge part of my recovery process.  What once seemed like such an insurmountable task has become my reality. This wouldn’t have been possible had I continued to suffer in silence. I try to teach this to others so that they don’t have to learn this the hard way. Through reaching out, I have found a new happiness and confidence I once believed to be unattainable. By setting goals and finding a new faith in myself, I have been able to take action and take my life back into my own hands.”