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“It’s Okay To Not Be Okay.”




Recovery Thought

“It’s Okay To Not Be Okay.”
~ By Seija




It’s okay to not be okay

Ever feel like you’re struggling and don’t know what to do? Feel like you’re not enough?
Feel like your worth is based on how others feel about you? Feel like your identity is defined
by others?

I did. And I still do sometimes.

But today, I don’t live in that or like that.

    It’s okay to not be okay; I just can’t park and stay there.

Whether I am enough will not EVER be determined by anyone else.

I did park there for way too long.

My worth is defined by how I treat myself first,

how I treat others

and how I reach out to those who are struggling.


> This Recovery Thought posted with permission and written by  ~Seija

More Recovery Thoughts by:
Joe Herzanek/Author,
Why Don’t They Just Quit? Hope for families struggling with addiction.

Read More Recovery Thoughts:
> #100: “I’m Left-Handed. I’m Also Alcoholic.”
> #101: “AA Just Doesn’t Work for Me.”
> #102: “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay.”
> #103: “I don’t see a man. I see my child.”
> #104: “They tried to make me go to rehab…”
> #105: “Love the Addict, Not the Addiction.”

> Do you have to stop seeing all your old friends to recover?
> Is a relapse—failure?
>Should my husband “back off?”
> If someone can stop using drugs or alcohol for weeks at a time, they “aren’t an addict—correct?
>Chronic Pain Management & Pain Pill Addiction: What to do?
>How can I know if my addicted friend or loved one is telling the truth?
>How can I tell if someone is an addict/alcoholic or just a heavy user?
>What is Methadone? What is Harm Reduction?

“Q & A with Joe” is excerpted from
Part 5 of the updated edition:

“Why Don’t They Just Quit?
Hope for families struggling with addiction.”
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> Drug Addiction and Alcoholism Recovery Resources for Friends, Families and Employers

If you found this Recovery Thought helpful:
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Best book ever about addiction. Written by one whose done it and is recovering. Easy to read, not preachy, just honest. I recommend this book to anyone with an addict in their life! ~Lynda A

Got an addiction problem in your family? Read this book. Joe knows his stuff. This book helps you better understand those dealing with friends and family that are addicted to drugs and alcohol. I have read several of these books but this one is the best. ~RJ

I, like many people, have some knowledge of what drugs and addiction are, but are clueless on what the process of recovery entails. This book does a great job in what it would take to help a loved one, who is an addict and is willing to get clean and stay clean. It also gives one hope that your loved one will survive the nightmare they are living through with their family. ~CG

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