GIRLS gone mild –

Oct. 23, 2020 – The pandemic has brought a whole new layer of anxiety, and also a whole new mode of needing to sit with myself. It’s like hitting a new level in a video game and having to battle different goblins, but it’s proved possible, and on some days even lovely. Being a writer, I am pretty accustomed to long stretches of time with just my dog and my thoughts and the clacking of computer keys, and I feel very blessed doing that with only the buzz of coffee. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in your sobriety?  So many magical things have occurred, in work, in travel, in health. Maybe they’re miracles, maybe I just didn’t notice this stuff before. But the very best thing is how so many of my relationships have strengthened themselves, even certain ones that seemed beyond repair for whatever reason. I’ve been able to show up as an adult to these dynamics, and they’ve been able to see me show up, and the love just flows. To those reading this who want to help, what can they do? It’s really scary to ask for help. It’s scary to admit you need it, maybe even scarier to admit it to yourself than it is to admit it to somebody else. But the moment you ask, a lightness really does appear. An amazing place to start is to call the SAMSHA national helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

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