The disease of addiction is complicated but research has found that certain genetic traits and factors can increase or decrease substance abuse by individuals. Certain biological differences influence the reaction one person might have which differ from another when using addictive substances. Environment also is a component of substance abuse by how easily addictive substances can be found or bought. When substance abuse and dependency is not recognized in its early stages, the more difficult the situation becomes. Because addiction is a disease influenced by genetics and environment, we must remove the stigma, shame and silence of being an addict to open the door for more recovery and sobriety for the ones we love.
For some of us, the beautiful memories of the one we love are as close as yesterday. For many others, watching their loved one battle a disease or mental illness can be painful and stressful during those months or years causing much heartache before the one we love passes on. We all must allow ourselves to fully grieve and mourn a loss because working through the pain will allow us to use the beautiful memories to heal. An important step during this process is to let go of guilt and blame because the one you love is at peace therefore you too can be at peace. Your loved one would want to be remembered for the joy they brought you not the pain because they were a beautiful spirit trapped in an ill body. Take a deep breath, reach for the beautiful memories to help heal your broken heart and know there is happy healthy life after a loss.
Read How to Overcome the Death of a Loved One on the Gaiam blog.
Focus on the Glow
by Susán Hoemke
I travel through life and will not the darkness of this tunnel over take me.
I use small light tools which shine hope and direction so I can see.
I focus on the glow in the distance to be all that I can be.
I strive towards the light to reach my goals that I know will set me free.
I reach my goals and can celebrate because I remain in sobriety.