To The Daily Sun,
As we all grasp to find answers in the shadow of the darkness of the recent drug overdoses and arrests, we must take intentional steps for change. We need to first really step back and try to look at the root of the problem. I am not a drug and alcohol counselor, I am not a social worker. I am, however, a single mother of two boys who wants a bright future for my children.
In the last couple of weeks as we have held outreach meetings for those concerned about our city I have seen that there is a desire to change the atmosphere. I encourage everyone to start with themselves. What if we smiled a little more at each other, said hello, asked how someone is and really wanted to know? What if when we heard someone was struggling we stopped and listened to the why? What if instead of judging each other we took the time to really hear and feel for the "right now" the person is in.
One common thread we are seeing as we get to know others who have been touched by addiction is a desire to "belong" and be loved. That is a powerful emotional state — to know you belong and that no matter what you say it's OK. I know myself I have struggled listening to someone tell me the same story for the 900th time and I just think to myself, "Get over it!" I'm being honest. But what if that person's 901st time is the last time they cry out and then they meet someone who offers them another way to "cope," a choice of drugs, alcohol or other soul-stealing choices that are out there. Then, they may not care to share anything with us in the future because now they "belong" with that new group because they "understand." This is a danger that everyone and anyone can fall into.
I know the pain of being rejected, of feeling cast aside and wondering if my heart would heal. Why did I not go the wrong road? My faith, my family, I don't know really. I think you can have all those things and still make the wrong choices. I do believe, however, it comes from believing there is something better and a self-worth that must come from inside of us. There are so many incredible resources in Laconia, Meredith, Concord, etc., but something is missing.
We know that prayer is powerful and people loving each other without judgment shines a light into that dark place hidden in shame and when that fades, healing can be powerful. Our outreach is simply people helping people. We are willing to share our experiences with addictions and the pain that came along with it as well as our paths to healing. We are willing to listen to anyone who wishes to speak. We are willing to walk anyone in need to their first step toward recovery, or to keep on listening for that 901st time and so on ... as many times as they need to share their pain we will listen. We are willing to meet and pray for ourselves, our city, our families, our neighbors and lift them up to the Lord because we believe in God's word and that in Jesus Christ, there is restoration and life saving redemption. We hope that those who would like to get involve will reach out or get involve with one of the many great organizations out there. Just get involve, be a light, be the change.
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