The lifestyle of addiction can be all-consuming. For most, our addiction became so powerful, that we didn’t care or we rationalized the impact it had on those that cared about us most. Or we used the havoc we created to create a narrative that said because of the awful things I’ve done, I can never get better. In sobriety we have the ability to right our wrongs. It may not be easy, and some damage may take time to repair, but it is definitely worth it. Everyday we stay involved in the lifestyle of use is a day that we not only wreak havoc on ourselves, but the entire world literally suffers. There is a ripple effect on the entire world when we use. It hurts those that care about us. It hurts the jobs we may be working at when you don’t show up. It hurts the community when we get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. It hurts others when emergency services are needed to revive us from an overdose, preventing others in emergency situations from getting the lifesaving help they need. But when your life is restored through sobriety, everyone will also benefit from your recovery. Today, while recognizing the power my addiction had over me, the unhealthy choices that I made and the people I’ve hurt, I will also take the time to smile at the benefits of my recovery. I will allow myself and others to see how capable I am in recovery. Today, I will no longer allow myself to be a lost cause, but rather a found cause.