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Vulnerability and Vagility in Victoria: Part Two

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The phone call I got before I had to leave for the Victoria addiction support meeting and it wasn’t one that was easy. It was filled with great sorrow and pain. It was one of loss. It was a voice that I was all too familiar with. His words stumbled over his tears and it mirrored what so many families are going through as an epidemic sweeps our nation.

As I listened to him through the phone, I supported him with my presence, with words of comfort, and a simple call to action – to help push him to the motivation for change. As we continued our conversation he brought up the book by Gabor Mate, ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts – Close Encounters with Addiction’… This quote came from the book, “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about the plight that must be understood.’ – Alice Miller. Trivial or not trivial as it may seem, I had actually purchased that very book only hours before our discussion.

“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about the plight that must be understood.’ – Alice Miller.

Trivial or not trivial as it may seem, I had actually purchased that very book only hours before our discussion.

Serendipitous? After listening to him and helping pull him up out of his darkness, I got an unexpected chuckle out of him, as quite often I can, and his next words were, “I know what I need to do to, Jaymie, to get out of this.” He shared his plan for the next few days and how he knew it was up to him. We said our goodbyes and he said he’d check in later. He did check in with me and I am overjoyed to say that he is currently on the path again of pursuing sobriety.

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