THE SCIENCE OF CHANGE MOVEMENT
"Let Your Light Shine"
- Dr. Marla D. Golden -
I’ve seen a lot of suffering in my lifetime. I’ve also seen a lot of triumph.
I know that suffering without purpose is senseless.
I never realized suffering to the extent that I’ve seen in people with substance use or behavioral use disorders and the people that love them.
I’ve dedicated my life to easing the suffering of people in pain of one kind or another, but it occurred to me that we all have to take our place in this and that the people who could make the most impact are those who have been through it.
I’ve honestly never experienced such unconditional love than times that I’ve been surrounded by people who knew or understood my suffering.
My son made a great impact on me when he told me he thought his substance use disorder made me a better doctor and I thought about the impact that had on me, the impact of him saying that to me was great. It was then that I felt Divinely Inspired. I thought, ‘ Of course!’ People who suffer helping people who suffer and helping professionals like myself help them.
With all good intention of medical professionals and laypeople, everyone is trying to do something to save us, but we’re all in this together. We need to help us, help them figure it out.