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Opportunity in Recovery

I began my journey in recovery practically straight out of dental school and it felt as though my life was over. My father had recently passed and now something that I had been working towards for so long was slipping right through my fingers. I was introduced to NC Caring Dental Professionals, and with their guidance things started to change, not overnight but exactly when they needed to. Now, looking back, after so many years since beginning my recovery there is so much to be grateful for. But for me, the most important thing the recovery has given me is opportunity. The opportunity to continue to serve individuals in my community and provide treatment to those who need it, but can’t afford it through volunteer work. Recovery has given me the chance to continue with a career in which I’ve been able to do so much good for so many people. Recovery has also given me the opportunity to develop into the person I believe I was meant to be and learn to face issues in a more productive and effective manner. No longer am I drinking to avoid or drown out my feelings. Because isn’t allowing yourself to feel your feelings part of the life experience? Recovery has given me the opportunity to experience life in a much more fulfilling way. I don’t know what would have happened or where I would have been had I never been made to be a part of Caring Dental Professionals, but I’m grateful for where I am. I’m grateful for all of the people that I’ve met throughout my journey and who have shared their experience. I continue to draw strength from all of them. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m grateful to know that I have a support system I can rely on with whatever may arise.

~ A Grateful Recovering Alcoholic ~