Addiction · Beading · Recovery

What Is The Meaning Of This ‘Beads to Recovery’ Nonsense?


Some of you may be wondering “Why ‘Beads TO Recovery’?” or “What Does That Even Mean Anyway?” So I figured I would get this out of the way as soon as possible. Maybe it will make a future FAQ list? Now I’m getting ahead of myself. Back it up.

So, I decided to call my store and my jewelry that I’m making “Beads to Recovery” for a few reasons. The main reason is the most obvious, at least I think so anyway. When I was in the hospital with Endocarditis earlier this year, I was told I had a life or death decision to make. Either work on getting clean and sober, or die. So from that point on I have been in recovery from being addicted to drugs – mainly heroin.

While talking with doctors, counselors, social workers, friends and family about my recovery I was given a piece of advice that has changed my life for the better. I was told that I needed to get a hobby or something to replace the void that was left in my life without drugs. I didn’t quite see the importance of this advice until later. But, when I finally got out of the hospital I was trying to think of what I could do to pass the time. Something that I enjoyed or could be proud of doing. Something somewhat productive, but I had fun doing. Well, that turned out to be fooling around with beads and a loom. I never really had a desire to work with beads before, but for some reason it just jumped out at me right at this point in my life. So by me beading and working on my website, which I also enjoy doing, it is helping me in my recovery.

So that is why I called it ‘Beads to Recovery’. It’s ‘TO Recovery’ because I’m still in the process and the beads are basically saving my life. I was ashamed and embarrassed about my addiction and I kept it very well hidden for many years from the people closest to me. But when I was in the hospital – the truth came out and the flood of support that I got was so unbelievably great and completely unexpected to me. I guess that the support I received from my family, friends and even strangers made it easier for me to be honest about it here and to talk about my problems without holding back.

I’ve still got a long battle ahead, and I may fall down. I may fall down repeatedly. But I’m not going to be hard on myself over it, because it’s hard enough already! As long as I don’t stop trying – I know that I will make a full recovery one day. You know when people tell you to take things one day at a time? Well this is definitely one of those situations. My life is forever ‘TODAY’. Yesterday is gone and I can’t worry about tomorrow. All I can do is live right now. And if ‘Today’ goes right? When tomorrow comes, do the same thing all over again. With my new found love of beads and my support circle – I know that I will one day be a recovered addict.

Thank you so very much for taking time out of your life to visit my little corner and read about little ol’ me. I really do appreciate it more than you can imagine. If you felt anything while reading this or you just want to help support my endeavor, please take a minute to share this post by clicking the social media links below. If you haven’t already followed my blog – please do so below this post! And if you have any available time after that while your checking out your social media sites – why not check out mine and maybe give me a follow or share. I will have the rest of the supplies I need to finish up my first items for the shop in a couple of weeks so hopefully it wont be too much longer till I get it opened up.


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Have a lovely rest of your week. It’s almost Friday the 13th! BOO! Watch lots of scary movies for me.

Be yourself. Love who you are & Don’t apologize for it.

Carly Leigh


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