Hey all, I need some advice. A childhood friend of mine was recently released from prison for robbing 2 pharmacies and being in possession of drugs and all that stuff. He was a heroin addict and is going to be coming up on 3 years sober. It's a very sad situation, and I know how some people feel about "addicts" and "recovery" and all of that, but that's not the point of my question. My question is that I want to make him a nice card with a nice personal message inside to celebrate his 3 years sober. It's not the personal message I need help with, lol, I got that covered. I'm just struggling on an idea to get started with. I was thinking about something with a rainbow, but I'm not sure if that's appropriate? Help me.
Maybe you could do something about maybe finding happiness (the pot at the end of the rainbow). Like each color of the rainbow coming out of the pot like a ray of sunshine w/ a line of your message in each one.
I hope it doesn't sound corny but maybe a reminder of all the progress he's made is just what he needs to keep himself sober, healthy and happy.
Thanks for all the great ideas and support! He is really doing wonderful and I'm SO SO proud of him. He just seems like a whole different person...even though we weren't in contact when he was abusing and doing terrible things, I can just tell he has changed. He is doing campaigns in our area for anti-heroin, which is becoming a growing problem in our small community, unfortunately. It's just sad - his father killed himself while he overdosed on heroin, and I just want to support him in every way I can and let him know that he can stop the cycle here and now.
That's great of you to make the card- my cousin, who is more like my little sister than a cousin, is a recovering heroin addict. I can't imagine how hard it is, but I can tell it's hard beyond my comprehension. She and I have always proudly claimed to be the black sheep of the family, and support and take care of each other.
Since I don't know his personality, I can't think of any inspiration- but to show you how different people are- my cousin enjoys cards like a wrecked car and a message like, "Since you're not nodding off on heroin anymore, we can't blame this one on you...so congratulations on another year!"
No judgement here I know how hard it can be for someone to do that. I could only think of something to represent strong..like weights or a weightlifter. It takes huge amounts of strength to get where he is.
Remaining clean and sober is an every day struggle. What came to mind was a picture of a walking path or trail with the message, "Congratulations on your continued journey to remaining clean and sober". Just a suggestion.
Thanks, Corrie. He talks a lot about how he's not recovered - it's a struggle everyday, and everyday he has to fight for it. So I think I'm going to go something along the lines of his continuing fight to overcome his addiction, but haven't really decided what yet. Been working too much to be able to get anything done - darn work!
All of the responses seem very heavy.. the long road, the mountain and uphill climb, etc. Maybe leave all of that for the personal note and go with something lighter and fun, he knows the battle and the road ahead will be long and hard, he does not need to be reminded of it all the time, I kind of like what Kory said...something funny and humorous.
You have a good point. I think that's why I was originally thinking about something with a rainbow...bright, colorful, and cheery. I still haven't had much time to figure it all out yet, I'm sure I won't figure it out until the last minute...lol
Since it is for a male, I would go with something manly... maybe a trail in some woods, a forest scene. The sun rising over the ocean to symbolize a new day or since he states it's a fight everyday, a pair boxing gloves or a boxing ring.
Whatever you choose, it would be great to see the finished project!