When I was active in my addiction, seeing a photo of something beautiful such as this did absolutely NOTHING for me. I felt totally and completely dead inside.

In fact, I can remember one time looking out over the ocean, spotting a pod of dolphins swimming by just offshore, and realizing that a sight such as that no longer stirred excitement and joy in my heart like it did before!

That was when I realized that I was in big trouble. I was depressed beyond anything my “self help” books could offer; and I the only thing at that time that could provide momentary relief was my drug of choice, but the relief was fleeting while the drug was slowly killing my body and soul.

Now that I have been clean for over 11 years, I can finally appreciate the beauty of nature like I used to, before I became an addict. I am grateful for this.