This mom has made it to the other side of addiction: recovery. Now, she is helping others recover as well.
Recovery from addiction is not a simple task. It takes courage and determination to heal from it. One mom, Courtney Moniz, has come to the other side of the tunnel and she is glad she did. Now, she is trying to help others. @TheCourtnologist documents her story of substance abuse and her recovery. She posted a video, a cry for help in 2022, on her YouTube channel recorded in 2017. In the video, she spoke about the common opinion that "addiction is a choice." She said, "At first, it is a choice, but then it becomes a trap." She said that people think that "addicts are a piece of sh*t" but that they are hardest on themselves. "You can't bully someone into sobriety. You can't guilt someone into sobriety," she added.
As for her recovery, it started when her 10-year-old daughter told her friends that her mom might die. "What kind of mother puts their kid through that?" she questioned herself. Later, she revealed how her daughter is her biggest support even after suffering the most from her addiction. Her dogs were another source of support as they stuck by her side and were loyal even through her addiction days. She also confessed that she was an absent mother for the first year of her daughter's life.
After beginning her own journey of recovery, she thought of helping others do the same. "I just want to declare that I am ready for this," she said. "I have to do this." In one of her TikTok videos, she encourages others to document their recovery. "When you're in that darkness and you want to get out, you get caught up in wanting it to be this instant gratification, the results are immediate, but that's just not the case," she said. She also discussed how people have to initiate their own journey of healing and only then they'll be able to make progress.
In another TikTok video by her, which has over 2.4 million views, we see Moniz saying that she would die than go through the sickness that one faces after withdrawal. She is also seen apologizing to her daughter. Then the video cuts to the present, where the mom is sober and happy with her daughter.
She has also made a video challenging common perceptions of addiction, such as "once an addict, always an addict." She responds to this by showing her own recovery. Many people commented on this post and appreciated it. @CandiseWheelerJeff commented, "I love this for you. keep up the amazing work!!" @MelindaDiaz wrote, "I just don't know what else to do, but laugh at it sometimes." @Renee wished her well, "Keep going, you look great.. and I know you feel great. God bless, love." @JackieTurner shared, "Ahhhh! I love your content! 2 years sober and grateful."
Many others also shared how they have recovered and it is possible for addicts to get their lives back on track, contrary to what other people think about them.