The Power of Vulnerability: Christina Huffington Shares Her Story of Addiction and Recovery
The daughter of Arianna Huffington, Christina, recently wrote a piece to share that she is a cocaine addict in recovery. She said that personal issues including her parents’ divorce sent her searching for solace and she found it in cocaine use and abuse.
Said Christina: “One line erased my doubts, my fears and my insecurities. I was euphoric. Gone was the girl who wanted to crawl out of her skin and in her place was the confident, beautiful girl I always wanted to be. For six years, I chased that high on and off, but I never found it again. Instead I found self-hatred. I found pure selfishness.”
Christina is exceptionally self-aware given her young age. Now 22, she has been sober for more than a year, and recognizes that most people go through extreme trauma, abuse, or other hardship and ultimately choose the route she did – and she felt ashamed because she experienced nothing like that and came from a wealthy family as well.
She went onto share why she felt compelled to write about her experience with addiction and treatment, saying: “My life as it is today was unthinkable 13 months ago. Yes, I mean the particulars — I have a steady job and healthy, loving relationships — but more than that I’ve learned to be vulnerable. I’ve learned how to apologize and how to forgive. I’ve learned how much strength it takes to let go. If writing this can help one person feel a little less alone, if it encourages one person to ask for help, if it allows one person to know that no matter how hopeless it feels right now, it can get better, then that is enough.”
Helping Your Loved One Gain Clarity – and Freedom – Through Recovery
If someone you care about is struggling with her ability to remain sober and focused on the positive in life, you can be an agent of change for her. Offering your family member the opportunity to go to drug rehab may not be an easy discussion to have, but it will be well worth the discomfort if it helps her to move closer to a life where she feels more balanced and able to handle her life. Staging an intervention can be an effective measure as it provides you with the support of other concerned family members and it gives her the chance to choose to make the move to rehab immediately. Learn more about helping your loved one get started in recovery here at Orchid Recovery Center when you contact us at the phone number listed above.