When we make choices that are obviously destructive and harmful – no matter how well we can justify them in the moment – they are more than likely to harm our bodies, our minds, and often our relationships, but also our psyches and our spirits. Bodies tend to heal more quickly, whereas the psychological repercussions of our choices are often longer lasting. It’s amazing to me how we can make a split second decision, and then be left to pick up the pieces for weeks, or months, or sometimes even years. Those who have used their courage to actively embark on the healing process know that it is often not an easy journey. However, I have yet to hear anyone profess that it wasn’t worth it.

Someone who was a recovering addict once said to me: “For the first time the other day I was able to look at myself in the mirror… and just look. It was the first time in years that I didn’t turn away in shame. Being able to really look at myself in the mirror was a big step for me. I hope one day that I will be able to look at myself and smile.”