Honesty. The thing about any kind of recovery is that it’s not a 180 turn around, never look back. Recover is a fight for the rest of your life. Its seasons of strength where you’re living in the light, until the darkness creeps back and sucks away your strength. Sometimes the fight isn’t enough, and sometimes there are setbacks.
Whether its alcohol, drugs, self-harm, the list goes on—it’s a battle. But a relapse is only a failure if you quit fighting.
No matter how many years you’ve fought off your demons, that doesn’t mean they won’t find their way back in. And no matter how healed someone may seem, that doesn’t mean it can’t reopen. Sometimes the brightest smile hides the deepest pain and the strongest exterior masks the ones breaking down.
If you know someone that struggles with any type of addiction or mental illness, it’s worth reaching out. Be there, be understanding and let them know it is okay to be weak. Because we must walk through our weakness to find strength.
There is a difference between a setback and a failure. Never be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
As far as Demi, perhaps she is lamenting struggles of the past. She might be confessing battles of her present. Either way, she is a role model of honesty and of fight. She’s showing truth, that you can’t be perfect, but you don’t ever give up.
Be honest. Be open. Ask for help. Don’t give up. You’re worth fighting for.
Lyrics: Sober by Demi