The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


The cycle of addiction is difficult to break free from. However, recovery is not as simple as cutting out a behaviour. It is a progressive journey, often with many setbacks, towards physical and mental wellness.

I’m cold. I’m hungry. All of us are. My mom has been gone a long time. I don’t think she’s coming back. My four siblings and I huddle together to face the long night in hope that the morning will be better.

My grandparents were in town for the weekend, which meant I pushed my plans aside to be their personal deluxe chauffeur. Driving on the main highway that divided Medicine Hat into two sides, the view of the Saamis Teepee was perfect. Towering as one of the tallest structures in Medicine Hat, you could see it from almost every point in town.

Content warning: This story contains themes of sexual assault and its content may affect some readers.