Guest Post: Overcoming an Addiction

by Meg on April 29, 2012

Good morning everyone! :) Thank you for all of the positive feedback after yesterday’s post. It is an incredible feeling to receive so much support from all of you. I love the blogging community; it is truly an amazing thing to be a part of <3

Today, we have a guest post from a very close friend of mine, Laura, to kick start the streak of guest posts! I mentioned Laura in a HFF before, but today you will actually get to hear from her herself! Please give her a warm welcome and enjoy her post about overcoming an addiction and now living a life full of positivity! 

Hi everyone! My name is Laura Anaka and I am all the way from Yorkton, Saskatchewan (Meg and mines home town). I am just so honored to be Meg’s guest blogger for the month of April! This is my first blog ever, but life is all about trying out new things, so I hope you truly enjoy this.

First off, like I said previously my name is Laura, Meghan has mentioned me in a “High Five Friday” blog before.  For those who didn’t see, I have recently quit smoking, and am still going hard and strong to reach my goal. A Big thanks to Miss Doll who constantly motivates me to achieve these goals :)

Meghan and I go way back, all the way to kindergarten. We were friends all through elementary school but like most friendships end up, once we reached high school we went our separate ways. After graduating, I lost all contact with most of the people I graduated with, and went down a real dark path of drinking. I had an addiction that was taking over my life in all of the wrong ways. I had an addiction that turned me into someone I never wanted to become. I had an addiction that was slowly killing me, health wise and financially. I had an addiction that I denied over and over again. I had addiction that changed my life. I was/am an alcoholic, however you may look at it, but I am not afraid to admit it or talk about it.

A little over five months ago I was at rock bottom, I didn’t talk to my family, almost lost my job, was unhealthy as I struggle with a thyroid deficiency, was constantly broke, lost the love of my life (Brayden M. who I have been on and off with for the past 7 years due to my drinking), depressed, angry, sad, not myself, but to sum it up I was lost. Till one day I was sick of all of this depression and I wanted to change. I called an addiction counselor, who set me up in a treatment centre in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, to take on the challenge of getting my old self back. Right before I left for Moose Jaw I remembered that Meghan also struggled with an addiction (restriction resulting from her ED) and recovered. I remember seeing her tweets on Twitter and they were so positive, inspiring and she was just always happy. That was something I really wanted again. I decided to contact Meghan the day I was leaving to Moose Jaw and I told her what I was going through and that I would get a hold of her once I returned home from treatment, which I did and we have stayed in touch ever since.

I have been sober now for five months, which sometimes seems forever when you have been drinking for six years. If you think about it though, “What is six years compared to 20, or 30, or even 60?” I’m 20 years old and still have so many years to live. I have a good job, my family and I are extremely close, Brayden and I are back together, my thyroid has never been better, and my wallet is fat! :)

For those who have struggled with addictions, never beat yourself up about it, if you recovered give yourself credit because now you have the rest of your life to live. As for the people who might still be struggling, just one day at a time. Remember “the most important person in this world is you” :) Who cares what the person to your left or right thinks? As long as you are happy, that is all that matters. Worry about you. Meghan and I talk about our addictions quite often, some may think it’s weird because hey “wouldn’t you want to forget your dark past”, well of course but at the same time, we both have learned from it. I know for a fact if Meghan and I didn’t go through what we did, we wouldn’t be the people we are today. We both turned our addictions into a positive thing, Examples: Meghan is in university for a registered dietitian! Congrats by the way Meghan :)! As for myself, this fall I will be attending school in Lloydminster, Alberta and getting my degree in addiction counselling. I cannot wait!

I love to share my stories, and most of all I want to help people. The worst feeling I think is loneliness. I don’t want people to feel as if they are the only ones struggling with an addiction, so why not go and help them?


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Anything is possible and impossible is nothing. I never thought in my life I would talk to Meghan again, but now I cannot go a few days without talking to her. LOL!
Another thing that I have learned during my sobriety is to love yourself. You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else, or be loved by someone else. You have to be happy on your own before you can make someone else happy. Stay positive, love the life you live, because life is what you make it. And if you have a bad day, that’s okay! The sun will still come up tomorrow! Never think you have failed; look at it as a learning experience and just learn from your “oops”. Life is all about learning! Most important, never give up. If you want something in life, I believe you have every right to have it. Just believe in yourself to be successful. As hard as the obstacle may seem to be, challenge yourself! Go for it! Don’t let anyone, or anything hold you back. You may stumble one day, but don’t let that bring you down, get right back up and keep going. The end results will be totally worth it. If I didn’t believe in myself, and l just listened to everyone else, I would still be the big party animal I was. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying addictions are a piece of cake and easy to recover from. I know every single day for me is a struggle, but you just have to keep going with your head up high and have a positive attitude :)

Anyways, thanks to everyone who read my first blog ever! Another thanks to Meghan for asking me to be her guest blogger for April. I hope everyone enjoyed my story and I wish everyone the best of luck in 2012!

Stay Positive! :)

Laura

Thanks again to Laura for a wonderful post! I hope you all enjoyed and are able to take away something from it. She has been through so much and is definitely an inspiration to me!

Stay tuned because tomorrow’s guest post includes a recipe! ;)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Linz @ Itz Linz April 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Definitely an incredible story and such a great message to never give up. Thanks, Meg, for your continued support as you obviously reach a ton of people each day. Laura, thanks for sharing and stay strong! :) :)

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Alex @ therunwithin April 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Thank you for sharing Laura, great post!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Thank you for sharing something so personal. I’m sure this will impact AT LEAST one reader out there … and if it impacts one person, it will be completely worth it!! :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Wow what an amazing post/story! Congrats on overcoming your addiction Laura!!! You should be seriously proud of yourself. :)

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes April 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Congrats on your first blog Laura! Your story is inspirational. Like Meg I also suffered from an eating disorder and while I was away at treatment I lived in a sober living house. The “eating disorder house” was full and a local sober living house took me in even though I didn’t have a problem with substance abuse. That house and the AA meetings I lived in for the next few months saved my life and helped my ED recovery so much more than the actual ED program I was attending during the day. No matter our addiction: drugs, alcohol, food, exercise, etc. We are all addicts, in pain, missing something…we all have the same core reasons for having an addiction and because of that we can all help each other. I think it’s wonderful you and Meg have reconnected and congrats on 5 months! :)

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Natasha@yogininoms.wordpress.com April 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

this is an incredible story, thank you Laura!

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Christina Relke April 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Laura that was well written! I’m going through an addiction, depression, and ED myself right now so I can relate to yours and Meg’s stories. This just shows me it DOES get better.

P.S. Meg I’d LOVE to be a guest blogger eventually!

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Haley @ Health Freak College Girl April 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

so glad you pulled through!

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Megan @ Weddings and Workouts April 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so glad you have tackled your addictions and are now coming through the other side :-)

Meg is such a truly special lady isn’t she :-)

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Kate @ Work in Progress April 30, 2012 at 7:07 AM

This is an incredible story! It makes me so happy and hopeful that BOTH you and Meg were able to overcome those challenges and are now better, stronger, wiser people for them. I’ve been through similar things myself – disordered eating and exercise addiction – and it’s still tough for me some days. There are so many positive affirmations in this post, I feel like this is one I’m going to keep coming back to when things get tough! Thanks for sharing Laura! :-)

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Sober Living May 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Nice informative blog, thanks for sharing.

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