Recovery In Austin: Anna’s Story
September is National Recovery Month, and to honor the occasion we’re sharing personal stories of triumph over addiction. Many members of the Infinite Recovery team are in long-term recovery or have been deeply personally impacted by addiction. Kyle and Irek shared their stories earlier in the month and our next story comes from Anna Ward.
I was blessed to be raised by parents who instilled in me the belief that everyone is connected and that we are ultimately responsible for one another. Mother Teresa said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” I try to live by this concept and this thinking has led me to an extensive career helping others and some really great volunteer experiences. For the past three years, my focus on the volunteer level has been on helping individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I have also worked for political organizations, with abused children and recently I’ve started working with teenagers in early sobriety.
I’ve been immersed in the field of social work for over twenty years, and many of these jobs have been very intense and demanding. Unfortunately, alcohol was the primary coping tool that I turned to and this led to a lonely, intense work life in conjunction with an equally intense dysfunctional relationship with alcohol. I was cursed with being relatively highly-functioning within my disease, which I recognize now kept the disease alive and well for a painfully long amount of time.
Thankfully, I was finally miserable enough to be motivated to change. Getting sober was equal parts the most terrifying thing I have ever done and the absolute most lovely gift that I have ever been given. Because the disease centers in my mind, I have had to undergo a complete change of perception and attitude. This combined with my early childhood belief system has resulted in me living a life with a full-on positive perception of the world. Things are not “good” or “bad”-things simply “are”- and I have opportunities to either struggle or accept and find the positive. Albert Einstein said it better than I ever could: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I choose to see the miracles.
Today, I celebrate more than ten years of continuous sobriety. My career has been in the recovery industry for nine years now and I am home. Working with others to find solution is amazing and joyful, even while it can be challenging. Helping others find their way to a better way of living is, in a sense, a way to celebrate my own triumph over alcoholism, but really it’s the satisfaction of watching the disease of addiction lose that keeps me motivated. There is a solution and it is lovely, I promise.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol and drugs, they can find the same freedom I have. Call the team at Infinite Recovery at (844) 206 – 9063 or apply online today. My experience has shown me it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.