One year ago, we had an empty chair at our table for Thanksgiving dinner. Our son had gone into detox once again, trying to break free of the chains of addiction.
We had no reason to believe that this time would be any different than the other stays at the facility, but we always kept the hope alive. We made a big deal of it every time he took the step toward help because you just never knew when the miracle would happen. We wanted him to know that we believed he could do it and that we were there to support him.
Although we missed having him with us for Thanksgiving, we could be thankful that our son was trying to get well. We prayed that the chair would be filled the following year with a healthier son. Our prayers were answered.
Today, our son celebrates ONE YEAR of recovery! We had our Thanksgiving dinner last night and his chair was filled. We are so thankful and incredibly blessed.
Our son’s life is moving forward in so many ways. We are proud of the work he’s put in and his continued efforts in recovery. He was able to find what works for him and is enjoying life again. We have so much to be thankful for.
I don’t know what the next year holds but it doesn’t matter because I live one day at a time. Today is a very good day.
Finally, on this day of giving thanks, I would like to take the time to thank the staff at Addictions Services, Strength Program, and the Reach Centre for your roles in our son’s new life. You all planted seeds of recovery in his mind during his journey through addiction. Eventually, these seeds started to grow. Thanks to your support, we have our son back. We are grateful to all of you!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!