Youth Speaker

“Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems…Growing up I always felt different. I struggled with major anxiety and low self esteem. I was bullied in school and went through different forms of sexual trauma throughout my life, so I turned to substances in order to escape. This only led me to attract more negative experiences and made my life very unmanageable. It took me ten years of compulsive and self destructive behaviour to learn that I suffer from alcoholism, a spiritual malady, and that it was a big part of why I perceived things the way I did even before I took my first drink. After reaching a point where things got very dark, I sought help and am glad I did. Today is a never ending journey of learning who I am aside from the disease. Accepting my alcoholism, led me to my solution so I try to apply this to many things. Unlike before, where I was in constant resistance, I’ve learned to accept things instead, and it’s made my life a happier one. Today, I live a life based on spiritual principles and I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have. A strong faith, a good support network, journaling, nature, meditation, yoga, and creativity… These are all things that help me in my recovery and connect me to the divine in me and in all of us. I am inspired to use my experience to spread awareness on what alcoholism really is and help kill the stigma, showing people they are not alone and that there is a way to grow through the pain. If I can touch the heart of just one person through my experience, then I have succeeded.”

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