When I was first trying to get sober... I remember telling my group at Connections Counseling in Madison that I couldn't imagine a life without music festivals and concerts... they were what I lived for! I loved being social and DANCING... and for me, at that time it also meant being immersed in alcohol and drugs.
My counselor told me that I would dance again and I just needed to take a break from the "scene," for a little while. To me... that was heartbreaking... I couldn't see any other way... I had a clouded view.
Fast forward 8 years later... and look at me?? Pure JOY, completely SOBER, dancing with other women whom I call sisters... in SEDONA?? Seriously... who would have thought?? Sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do to get to the other side. We just have to trust the people who have been put in our path to hold the lantern for us so that we can still see the guided path.
A special thank you to Shelly Dutch for holding that lantern for me, and countless other young sisters and brothers trying to figure it out.
-- Emily; Connections Counseling Member