By Autumn S.

Addicts are the most beautiful, courageous, determined, resilient people I have ever met. We are strong, proud, and tragically unique. We have been through so much in our lives, and will be prepared to go through so much more because of who we are. Don’t ever let fear hold you back. Let words of encouragement triumph you through every turn you take in life. Always hold your head high. Never think you’re not good enough, because you are. Be brave when you feel weak. Look in the mirror every day and tell yourself, “I love you.” Be the parents, spouses, children and siblings you are destined to be. Don’t ever give up hope. Take it one day at a time. Know that it’s ok to cry. We won’t ever be given anything we can’t handle. We deserve wholeheartedly to be happy. Let the past be the past. Be free, in every sense of the word, and don’t let that freedom go for anyone or any substance. Life is too short and we are too precious. Each of us has something positive and beautiful about us.