Monday, August 6, 2012

Effort?

 By 

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Have you been watching the Olympics?  I hope you have!  It is amazing to see the herculean efforts of athletes from around the world competing on the world stage in London.  Every four years the world seems to put most of its differences aside to come together as one in a spirit of unity, peace, and competitive spirit under the banner of the Olympic Games.  This year has been no different.  

If you're following swimming, Michael Phelps has made Olympic history with a historic total 20 medal count that puts him in a league of his own: the most decorated Olympic athlete in history!   Talk about effort...I am so lazy in comparison!  Thank goodness I don't swim because the loss would be ridiculous against someone who is so determined and focused to win at all costs.  

Recovery is a lot like the Olympics.  You are in a competition.  You have to train every day.  You have to give it everything you've got.  One misstep could cost you the medal and leave you off the podium.  It's definitely winner takes all.  

The competition is fierce.  Drugs and alcohol are the top dog and are predicted to win.  They train constantly and never rest.  They don't even need sleep.  

However, you have a great team with you for support.  You have people in A.A., your family, and your friends pulling for you to win.  You are able to shoulder the daily efforts it takes to maintain sobriety because long-term you know the daily sacrifices are completely worth the efforts you've put forth.  

The feeling you'll get when you stand on that podium is like none you'll ever forget.  The roar of the crowd, the television cameras, the internet audience, all of it is overwhelming.  While you may not receive that kind of attention from your recovery clean time, it is worth it to know that a cloud of witnesses are watching and pulling for you.  The question is how much are you willing to put into this victory?  What is it worth to you?  Hopefully, enough to win.  Remember, winners never quit and quitters never win.  Keep putting in the effort with repetition and consistency and you will see amazing results for efforts. 

At The Coleman Institute, we believe our safe, affordable detox combined with Naltrexone Therapy and consistent effort towards aftercare is the perfect combination to help you succeed in the fight against substance abuse.  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).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

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