Beacon of Hope

“I want to be a voice to all those I’ve lost to addiction.” Rings so loud in my heart the day I was sitting in the rec area of rehab. It wasn’t no more than two weeks later that I got the call I lost my cousin to alcoholism and liver failure. It hit me hard and I wanted to give up but that opening phrase rang deep within my spirit. There is life after addiction I’m 21/2 yrs clean and part of my honor is because of my cousin. My cousin Michael was a kind and compassionate human that’d would give you the shirt of his back. The pain and hurt he endured in life lead him down a long road of battling addiction. But he left the imprint on my heart of a smile and a love he gave of himself even in the darkest of his own moments. He reminds me that his life was a testament of how hurt and pain can lead to an addiction and ultimately a life too soon gone. That in recovery I’m learning from his passing gives me a new way of living. I will never let his passing be in vain and his life gave me hope to be a voice to all those lost in addiction. Side note it’s in Christ that we are able to be that voice.

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