On February 14, 2013 I updated my Facebook status to say how good life was and how lucky I am to have met the man of my dreams and how grateful I am for having two healthy beautiful kids. Just three short hours later, my world came crashing down when I learned that my husband was addicted to methamphetamines.

How could I miss the signs that were mounting over the past year? I felt so alone. Who can I talk to? Who would understand this mess? I felt i couldn’t talk to my friends or my parents for fear of their judgment. I felt like I had nowhere to turn.

We found some help for my husband John at Fresh Start. This was the beginning of his journey of treatment and recovery. For me, I found myself stuck in the thoughts of anger, blaming and resentment. I heard about a program there called the Family Healing Program and decided this was MY next right thing.  It was a game changer. I learned about the disease of addction and how it impacted me and my life.  I met others who were having similar feelings as me. I made some friends in that group and I realized that I was not alone. I learned that John‘s addiction was not my fault and that there were other support programs like Al-Anon to help me, and others like me, learn to take care of themselves. John just celebrated five years of being clean. For me, I am doing my work on my codependency and healing. We are both still growing and our relationship is better than it’s ever been. Our two young daughters are looking forward to swapping cards with the two most important valentines in their life, their mom and dad. If you wish to help this Valentines day you can Click to donate . Thank you!

Many Blessings Kate

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Government of Alberta supports Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Recovery-Oriented Communities of Care which include addiction treatment and post-treatment housing. Their goal is to create lasting Recovery in Alberta for individuals, families, and entire communities promoting the fact that Recovery is Real, Attainable, and Sustainable. All Albertans can experience the positive and healing effects of Recovery Capital. For more information please visit their website https://www.alberta.ca/addiction-mental-health.aspx

Mission Fit

Ron Jarrett, owner of Mission Fitness is what a committed and helpful community partner is all about. He trains the clients in the house weekly and believes that true strength and progress can only be made from a solid foundation.  That foundation includes alignment, mobility and stability, and must address any muscular imbalances, weaknesses and lack of connection.  Achieving this level means the body is able to progress safely without fear of injury. www.missionfit.ca

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