Saturday, July 28, 2012

You Are Loved


Chris Newcomb, M.Div

It's a simply statement.  I found it highly annoying.  You see, it was a text I received on my phone from a well-known national treatment center.  I had signed up for free daily text messages from this center to see what it was like as we have been thinking about incorporating similar technology for our clients to encourage, educate, and enhance their recovery experience.  

One day while sitting at my desk working at whatever task was before me, my phone buzzed to grab my attention.  In a highly irritated manner, I grabbed the phone off the desk with a huff and looked at the screen.  There it was.  Three simple words:  "You are loved".  I felt like I had been sucker punched in the chin.  Why?  Because I was so caught up in my work that I didn't expect to get hit with such a nice thought albeit by complete strangers.  The truth was I needed that reminder at that very moment that no matter if the project I was working on succeeded or failed, I was loved.  Those were very powerful words.  It changed my perspective about what I was doing immediately.  

Did you know that you are loved?  Seriously!  Did you know that?  Somewhere in this big world of ours someone is thinking of you.  Even if it's just little old me as I write this blog, the truth is you are loved and you matter.  After all, what's the point of a blog if no one reads it?  

Today's message is very simple: You are loved.  From all of us at The Coleman Institute, we send you this simply greeting with no strings attached.  A famous book once said that love never fails.  Truer words have not been spoken.  It is love that drives us to do what we do.  We love people and want to see them succeed in life.  Unfortunately, when they come to us, their life has spiraled down the drain of addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.  It is a joy, an honor, and a privilege to 'love' them back to health.  While we use medicines to do this, we also use other tools like radical acceptance, encouragement, and even a tough word of counsel when necessary to shake people free from this albatross around their neck.  

As you go through your day today, remember that you are loved.  You have value.  You are an original.  There is no one like you.  Never has been.  Never will be.  Choose today to love yourself.  You deserve it! 

At The Coleman Institute, we believe that substance abuse is not a way to love yourself!  Because we love people, we are committed to help them get clean and stay clean from drugs and alcohol.   If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

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