It is said that everyone loves a comeback story. This is especially true for the woman who came back from a life of substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders. The woman with an inspirational story to share that offers hope to others struggling with this disease. A woman that nearly died of this disease in early 2013, but she lived. 

On April 2, 2013, I got ready for bed and in a moment where I had some clarity, I dropped to my knees and asked the Universe/God/Spirit to please help me save my life. I said, “God/Universe/Spirit, if you show me the way out of this, I will devote my life to any path you put before me.” 

I have always felt a deep spiritual connection to the Universe through music, and said to the Universe at the end of my prayer, “In the next song on the radio, please give me a sign that you are with me.” I sat down on the edge of my bed, turned on the radio, and the first song to play was, “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” The words touched my heart, and I became so emotional. “Jesus, take the wheel, take it from my hands. I can’t do this on my own. I’m letting go… So give me one more chance. Save me from this road I’m on. Jesus, take the wheel.”

I went to bed knowing that I would soon be given specific guidance from the Universe that would ultimately save my life. I woke up the next morning and I heard a strong intuitive voice say to me, “Call for help. It is time.” And I heard this voice tell me that “everything is going to be alright.” I have been listening to that voice ever since. April 3, 2013 was the day that my life was saved by the Grace of God.

Since that time I have been physically, mentally and spiritually recovering through an integrative approach to recovery. I have mindfully unlearned old, unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors which offer successful outcomes in my “new normal.” 

I am aware that I must never take my disease for granted, as it is cunning and sneaky and will show up when I least expect it to, and so I must always remain mindful of my disease. 

One day at a time, one moment at a time, I have been mindfully reprogramming my body, mind and spirit on a cellular level: healthy organic food choices that promote wellness; shifting my thoughts from fear to love; moving from old habits, people, places and things that did not serve me to new ways that enhance my life and the lives of those around me. I have rebuilt my relationships, I have a career that I am so passionate about, and I am healthy and thriving! This is my choice. 

My willingness to be open and to follow my own inspiration through my intuition, was the catalyst for my greatest change where I was willing to listen to, accept, and work through my truth. This is the reason I am blessed to share my journey.

All that it takes to begin is the willingness to follow our intuition, to explore options, to consider new perspectives, and to make changes in which we practice daily commitment to a new and healthy lifestyle!

This is my miracle, and I expect nothing less as I continue to stand deeply in my faith, practice self-care and self-love, and be of service to others. 

Please remember thisSpiritual solutions and self-care have been at the foundation of my recovery where I am thriving. When we practice self-care and are feeling well, we stand in our power. When we practice connection to a Higher Source—whatever that means for each of us individually—we are always lovingly protected, guided, and supported, and we stand even stronger in our power. 

We all have mental health, and our mental and physical health are directly correlated. We must normalize mental health and take care of our mental health in the same way that we do with our physical health. Wellness is our power in recovery!

Wishing you harmonious health for life!

With deep gratitude, love, and blessings,