The holiday season is upon us. This is a very a very difficult time for many of us. We have lost so many people to addiction and have so many more that are still suffering. This makes the holiday seasons very difficult and depressing. This is our second season without Amber, her birthday follows on January 2nd. She would have been 26 years old this year.
My mom had a wonderful idea that she shared with al-anon. I didn’t realize she did this last year. She had people write notes and put them in Amber’s stocking. This year she will do the same, but also read the notes from last year. She never opened them last year. I thought this was such a wonderful idea. She is doing this not only for Amber but for all of our loved ones we have lost, not just from addiction. I am grateful for how close my family is and how we stick together to help each other. Family is NOT just people you are related to, but people who truly care about you.
To honor those we love and remind people that each overdose is a person suffering from addiction who is loved. A daughter, son, mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, loved one.
Please take a minute to write a short note below to your loved one and we will let the world know that we love them all.
We at Not One More Pittsburgh thought it would be a nice idea to host a virtual event through the month of December remembering our loved ones lost and still suffering.
Please make sure that what you share is okay to share with your family and the loved one if they are still fighting the disease of addiction. These notes will be available here for all to see and remind everyone that addiction is a disease that can and does affect anyone.