Saturday, August 25, 2012

Are You Necessary?


Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Three cheers for opposable thumbs!  I'd like to think that my opposable thumbs make me both necessary and relevant!  What about you and your thumbs?  Necessary?  Relevant?

In regards to recovery, are you necessary?  That is, do you matter?  Of course you do!  The truth is you have all the intrinsic value you will ever need just because you are you.  You are an original.  There is no one like you.  You bring a perspective to the world that is unique.  You have gifts and talents that the world needs.  You have experiences no one else has had.   

And you are completely relevant!  First, you are relevant because you have experience with addiction and recovery.  Second, you are relevant because you have entered sobriety.  Last, you are relevant simply because you are you.  And you are not outdated, ever. 

As you go day-to-day in your sobriety, how can you make yourself necessary to someone else?  That is, how can you be of service to other people in recovery until you are necessary in their lives.  This might take one or two visits or acts of kindness.  It could take years.  There are people who need help so you shouldn't have a problem finding someone.  

Why would you want to be necessary to someone?  Two reasons.  First, you make a connection with that person and you genuinely help them with their problems and issues.  Second, you help yourself by breaking your isolation and by reinforcing to yourself the importance of maintaining sobriety because you can't do much to help anyone when you are drunk and/or stoned!   

Why would you want to be relevant to someone?  Being relevant is important because it builds relationships.  Sharing your experience, strength, and hope makes you relevant to someone else in the program who may be struggling with abstinence from addictive substances.  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We believe all people should experience the gift of sobriety so that they may live a necessary and relevant life both to themselves and those around them.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  Help, hope and healing begin here!

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