“I’m not doing this because I think I can. I’m doing it because I trust you and you think I can.”
I was humbled when a client said this to me. They were struggling and wanting to give up, but I let them vent their frustration and then I told them what I would do to help. In the end, they believed me when I told them it would get better and told me how grateful they are.
You don’t have to believe in yourself to take steps on the road to recovery. Believing in yourself takes time, especially when you’ve spent most of your life thinking you didn’t deserve better. And for the record, ‘recovery’ is not the exclusive domain of people addicted to drugs or alcohol. Recovery is for anyone who has ever experienced trauma – we all have something from which to recover.
When you get tired enough, sad enough, sick enough, and lonely enough, when you think for even one minute that maybe it’s time for things to change, I want you to remember that you can change for the better, and your life is worth saving. I want you to remember that recovery is possible.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.