Amy Austria and Her Efforts to Veer Away from Her Drug Addiction
In an attempt to help herself, Amy decided to join a retreat in 1990. However, it did not work well on her first try. The retreat ended and she was still an “addict.”
Two years later, she found herself joining another retreat. This was during the time when her drug use worsened as a result of the loss of a loved one. The more she held on to her drugs when the unfortunate event in her life took place. This is to an extent that she even brought “shabu” to keep herself awake during the retreat.
“Kasi kapag nakatira ako, feeling ko, nadidivert iyong attention ko. Nagiging busy ako. Nakakalimutan ko iyong sakit at hindi ko naaalala iyong mga problema,” she stressed.
“When I take it, I feel like my attention gets diverted. I get busy. I forget the pain and I don’t remember the problems.”
“Pero kapag nakalipas na iyong tama, eto na naman, mas grabe, mas masakit. Mas grabe iyong depression at lungkot. Mas lalong hindi ako makamove-on,” she continued.
“But when the feeling already passes by, it tends to be worse and more painful. My depression and sadness got worse. The more that I couldn’t move on.”
She recalled pleading to God during a prayer confession, which she saw as the catalyst for her recovery from addiction. After then, she also remembered returning home without any withdrawal symptoms.
“That was 1992, 2022 na ngayon. Simula noon, hanggang ngayon, no more drugs,” she added.
Although she admitted to having drug cravings, she emphasized that she was able to resist them through her faith.
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