Friday, March 2, 2012

Acceptance: Giving Up Hope for a Better Past



I recently heard a gentleman tell about what caused a relapse for him after he’d had several months of sobriety.  He attended a family event and was reminded about all the unfair and awful things that had happened to him in his past.  It ate away at him.  Numbing himself seemed very justifiable.

Of course, he was miserable with his drinking.  Once again, his relationships were going down the tubes, his job performance was slipping, money was always a problem.  In a moment of desperation he went back to an AA meeting.  The topic was acceptance.  He heard someone define acceptance as “Giving up any hope for a better past.”

The truth of this statement hit him like a ton of bricks.  Almost instantaneously, he was able to release much of the bitterness that he had been clinging to so tenaciously.

At The Coleman Institute, we see success stories every day as we detox people off of opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines ("benzos") as well as Methadone and Suboxone.  If you recognize yourself in this story, and are ready to ‘give up any hope for a better past’, good for you.  Releasing such poisonous thoughts will free you up in a way you won’t believe possible.

If you’ve been drinking alcohol heavily enough that you need some medical assistance to stop, call The Coleman Institute and ask Jennifer about our Accelerated Alcohol Detox program.

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