HOPE: ’ "Don’t Leave home without it."
By Annie Bryie
This is a story about people, addiction, alcoholism, and most importantly about “HOPE”. This is about
human beings with a soul, sons and daughters, grandparents, wives, husbands, aunts, and uncles who
have given up “HOPE” and self-medicated with drugs, alcohol, sex, food, gambling and a variety of
other forms of self-destruction.
The loss of “HOPE” and its deepest pain might not be what we have come to expect, the gutter alcoholic
or the homeless drug addict. Instead it is the 19 year old who comes from a good family and has just
taken his mother’s last Oxycontin or Xanax. It is the successful lawyer, doctor, or other professional,
who is so ashamed of not being strong enough or smart enough to stop on his own. It is the homemaker
who manages to get the children to school and the dishes done, but cannot stop drinking for even one
evening and embarrasses her family at a social function. All have lost “HOPE”. It is this, the feeling
of “HOPElessness”, a tense, sad, almost catatonic sense that nothing can ever get better. This is what
brings so many alcoholics and addicts to
Valley Hope for
“HOPE” is a feeling of expectation.
“HOPE” is a desire for a certain thing to happen!
“HOPE” is a belief that you truly can have something that you deeply desire.
When you come to
the word “HOPE” means to trust, to have faith, to expect something good is
going to happen. Therefore, an important part of
recovery is restoring “HOPE”,
particularly “HOPE” in oneself. “HOPE” is not just for the addict or alcoholic. “HOPE” is for the family and friends,
employers, probation officers and judges. It is for anyone who cares whether an addicted person can
live a life in sobriety.
When an addict comes to treatment, he may feel as if life has become nothing more than a war inside the
heart and soul and mind. When an addict acts out in destructive ways, he sets himself up to be in an
ongoing battle between his thoughts, his compulsions, and his feelings. He may become suicidal, lost,
homeless, ashamed, and full of guilt for the things he cannot understand. When he comes to treatment,
he is asked to turn his life, his will and his spirit over to a new “HOPE”.
No matter how long the battle, how terrible it has been, the war can start to be won when he comes to
treatment and finds out that there is still “HOPE”. In my work at Valley Hope, I have never met anyone
that was hopeless. I remind myself of this fact, no matter how difficult a person’s situation might be.
It is this thought, this constant “HOPE”, which keeps me always grateful and always communicating through
hugs, a smile, or a kind word. Addicts and alcoholics do have the power of internal healing. There is
always “HOPE”, even when there seems to be little else.
Addiction and alcoholism treatment at Valley Hope
is a process of committing our life to something greater than ourselves, learning
to love ourselves again, appreciating that no matter how bad things have gotten, we can make it better, and
that “HOPE” will help us change our lives.
With the battle, the powerless dependence that goes on inside every alcoholic and addict, we can feel
trapped and so can those who care about us.
can bring deliverance, an opportunity to remember the person we once were or the person we want to be.
Though the powerful, boundless power of “HOPE”, we can restore inner beauty and become drug and alcohol
free at last.
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