And so it begins…

…welcome to enduring and after. A blog about going through hard things and getting your life back together afterward.

For us, it was prescription drug addiction and all the mess that accompanies it.

My husband, Dave, battled with addiction to tramadol (Ultram) for almost a decade before he — and I — hit rock bottom.

Through those years, we were actively involved in church ministry and Christian leadership. No one I knew had the kinds of struggles we had. I didn’t know where to go for help except to God.

I journaled like a crazy woman during those years. It helped me survive. And I learned a lot about practical help you couldn’t find in our church. But I felt very much alone. And I know my husband did, too. It’s truly a miracle that we are still married.

Part of that miracle for us was finding a Christian 12 Step recovery group. 

For the past five years, my husband and I have been involved in Celebrate Recovery, and it’s changed our lives.

Dave’s been “clean and sober” for 3 1/2 years now, and we’ve had the privilege of starting a Celebrate Recovery program at the church that has walked with us through this journey, Cornerstone Alliance Church.

We’ve been pondering the idea of getting this out on the internet, because that’s where we turned for help. But we knew needed to be farther down the road of recovery first.  

My hope is that this blog will attract readers who are dealing with addiction in their family, and that as I reflect on where we’ve been and where we are now, they’ll be encouraged.

Even if it’s just to know they are not alone.