Monday, September 3, 2012

Pain for Growth?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Most people avoid pain.  It's a natural response.  Personally, I can't stand walking outside in my bare feet.  Yes, I'm one of THOSE people.  It's not that I don't like the au naturalle feeling of no shoes.  It's that I can't walk because the bottom of my feet are uber tender to things like rocks, bugs, and heat!  Man Card officially revoked!  

Maybe, however, some pain can be good for us.  Perhaps pain, if viewed correctly, can be a catalyst for growth and change.  For example, if you saw a friend have a heart attack, you might reconsider your diet because the pain of seeing your friend suffer might wake you up to the reality that you could have a heart attack if you don't make some lifestyle changes.  

If pain, rightly understand, can be good for us, what do we do with it?  Pain is a great teacher.  It helps you to understand what you don't know.  For example, when I was in grad school, I contracted a rare form of pneumonia called Eosiniphilic Pneumonia.  The first 3 diagnoses I was given was AIDS, Cancer, and Emphysema.  It was a bad day that day.  

However, through that journey, I learned a few things.  First, take nothing for granted, especially your health.  It can be here early in the morning and gone by this afternoon.  Second, breathing is a wonderful gift.  You don't know how much you like being able to breathe until you can't (that's right smokers I'm looking at judgment here...just CAN quit and your lungs WILL thank you for it!).  Last, live like there is no tomorrow because there may not be one.  

Addiction teaches us lots of things too.  Things like pain doesn't stop until you stop doing what causes the pain.  It shows us our limits and our breaking points.  Finally, it teaches us that humility, openness, and willingness are the keys to escape the prison cell of addiction that isolates and destroys addicts and alcoholics.  

What do you think of the pain in your life?  Has it been brought on by your addiction(s).  Are you willing to examine it?  Could there be a lesson in the pain?  It may not feel good but perhaps the pain is trying to tell you something.  Ask and might be surprised at the answer.  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We help people examine the pain of their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol so they can grow into new, sober and recovering people.  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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