Week 1 - Breaking the Silence

Jul 8, 2023

How do we break the silence? The silence that surrounds addiction, or your loved one's addiction, or mental health issues? Rumi said that the cure for the pain is in the pain. And I think what he meant by that is the exact way we are to transform the world is to be in it fully present, without escape routes. To be fully in the present because by doing so we are creating the survival guide that will help the next person. How do we break the silence? At FREE, we break the silence by recovering loudly so others don't have to suffer silently. 

I will bring the message this week and Abby Alt will handle our storyteller portion with our guest, Cari Hundt! Cari lost her son Mitchell July 24, 2018. Her sober Birthday is August 12, 2018. Cari breaks the silence of addiction by sharing her story and the stories of some of the people in her life who've been affected by it. Cari will share how through her healing process she has gained strength, confidence and structure through sobriety.

Cari likes to share the word of hope, "It's definitely a lot of work but it's well worth it. We can teach our children. They don't have to cope using alcohol and drugs I now have the strength and energy to get through almost any difficult situation. I've developed an extreme trust and faith in god." July is National Bereaved Parent Awareness Month. Cari shared that "losing a child is the single hardest thing I will ever have to go through in my life, I have done a lot of work with myself in hopes that one day I will be able to help another Mom get through it." She added, "On days it really sucks I know I will be ok as long as I don't pick up a drink."