Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"They Can Because They Think They Can" - Virgil


Virgil.  It's has a certain ring to it.  A sort of 'je ne sais quois" ('I don't know what', for you non-French scholars out there).  Yes, Virgil was a wise man apparently because he's still being quoted on blogs in 2012.  Give it up for Virgil, Ladies and Gentlemen, still speaking from the grave!!!  Crickets. 

Never mind.  Ahem, anyway, on to more important matters: this business of recovery from substance abuse.  At The Coleman Institute, we help people successfully detox off of alcohol, opiates, and benzos.  In addition, we are also able to detox patients off of high doses of Methadone and Suboxone.   Furthermore, we use naltrexone therapy, which incorporates naltrexone implants, to block cravings to both alcohol and opiates. 

If detox is the beginning of sobriety, aftercare is the beginning of recovery.  Once a patient completes our detox, it is imperative that he or she begin a daily, regimented program of aftercare as explained by our Aftercare Coordinator/Recovery Coach Chris Newcomb who is responsible for providing aftercare plans to our patients nationwide.  

We have seen time and again that those patients who are committed to their aftercare whether it be through in-patient care, intensive outpatient treatment, individual and group counseling, as well as 12 step meetings tend to stay sober longer than those who don't follow their aftercare plan.  This raises the question:  why?!?  It is a very simple answer: addiction is beaten into submission through a daily reprieve based on the maintenance of the individual addict's/alcoholic's spiritual condition.  That is, when addicts and alcoholics take care of themselves on a daily basis, they tend to stay sober.  Who would have thought?!? 

Quite simply: Virgil.  He was tapped into the truth long before I wrote this blog.  "They can because they think they can," said Virgil sometime before 19 BC when he passed away.  It is a simple but profound statement.  If you think you can do something, than you can.  People who choose to do aftercare, at some point, come to a place where they believe they can do it and will choose to stay sober one day at a time.  And they do. 

So, this week as you are making choices about your recovery and sobriety, choose to believe you can stay sober.  Choose to believe you can put forth the effort it takes to "plan your work and work your plan" of aftercare.  Then allow the goodness that is recovery flow into your life as you stay sober one 24 hours at a time remembering Virgil's words and putting them into practice.  I think he'd smile at your efforts but more importantly at your belief! 

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