My name is Emily. After years of struggle and demand, I am beginning to peel away layers of surrender. Because of that, I have been actively clean and sober for over 7 months. I’m most proud of developing the skill that is holding space for myself to process. Giving myself permission to befriend the gift of time has allowed extended healing to unfold organically. The low points of my life prior to recovery are extensive. A sense of disassociation from myself, my loved ones, and society was my narrative. Today, I choose to be a part of, instead of feeling apart from. I also get to relate to the entire spectrum of humanity. I hold respect for the still suffering and cherish my time spent connecting through conversation with those who have chosen the recovery path.