We’re taking a stand for recovery at the 6th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk!
Why We are Walking:
Like so many others, watching a family member and those you love battle addiction is no walk in the park. Nonetheless, seeing it take someone’s life. It is devastating for the addicts and the people who love them. If you are someone who loves an addict – whether
it’s a parent, child, partner, friend, sibling – the guilt, the shame and the helplessness can be overwhelming.
As a team captain of Spirits Unlimited, I have personally seen it cause chaos in families and destruct relationships with those they were once closest to. I have seen it throw trust out the window. I have seen it cause people to spiral down in
a deep, dark hole where they feel they can’t get themselves out. I have seen it cause the person you love to disappear, at least until the addiction loses its grip. I have seen it let manipulations easily slide by. But what I have learned is that when they
are ready --> be there with love, compassion and fierce commitment. Be a good listener. Hear them out without judgement. Participate on the sidelines and allow them to do what they need to do to heal while continuing to love them during the process. Let them
know that you love them and have always loved them – whether they believe it or not. Saying it is as much for you as it is for them.
Unfortunately - It is likely that in our lifetime, if we don’t love someone with an addiction, we’ll know someone who does. Walking for HOPE Sheds Light gives all of us a chance to celebrate recovery and support awareness of addiction. Therefore, we are walking
to spread the word that HOPE Sheds Light is dedicated to educating families on addiction by creating awareness, providing resources and instilling hope to support a healthier community. Please help Spirits Unlimited as a whole raise money to reach our goal
for HOPE Sheds Light and join our team on the walk!
- Spirits Unlimited