Having a best friend who deals with addiction has humbled me. It has forced me to speak up about addiction and educate others on the subject in hopes to shed light on this epidemic.
Don't judge unless you know.
Let me preface this by stating that I USED to be that ignorant judgmental bully who knew nothing about addiction and was the first to speak ill about someone I heard about or saw on tv who was battling it. Until Kayla came into my life. Kayla had been a long time friend of the family for YEARS. Almost 2 years ago we met up after years of not seeing one another. Little did I know the impact she would have on my life. We instantly connected and it was as if we had been best friends for years. I learned about her struggles with addiction, how those addictions had started and everything in between. Once I had Kayla in my life and knew her story and was with her through her struggles, relapses and now recovery. I can truly say that I UNDERSTAND addiction and continue to not only share her story but my story as well. All with the hopes of helping another person fully understand who and what they are passing judgment on. Kayla is one of the best people know and the absolute best friend I could ever ask for. I am grateful that she is here to share in life's moments that we all take for granted so easily.