Ive always tended to put others before myself, both in my addiction and in my recovery. This has been tricky for me because Ive become quite codependent at times. I have a hard time watching others struggle. At this point in my recovery, I have acknowledged when the help I am providing is out of selfish motives or out of co-dependence. Being selfless is almost natural for me. I know in my heart I am a caring person. I am a very caring person and am aware of and observant of those around me. With awareness and balance, I have been able to concern myself with others in a healthy manner. It is important for me to continue giving back and living in a state of gratitude in order to help those struggling with addiction. You only keep what you have by giving it away. Grace, love, and support have uplifted me into the person I am today and will only stay strong in my recovery by showing the same to others. The care we show towards others, helps us grow both individually and as a whole. It strengthens our bonds and breeds an understanding of connection we all desire.