Monday, October 29, 2012

Courage: It's What We Need!

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

As a kid, I used to love to watch war movies.  While the reality of war is hell as it has been said, watching it on the big screen is whole different story.  The common theme in any war movie is the courage of those in the midst of the fight.  Regardless of which side you root for, all soldiers must have courage or face certain death.  The same can be said of the war with substance abuse so many of our patients face on a daily basis.

Alcohol and drugs are a cruel enemy.  They take no prisoners.  They leave behind no survivors.  Woman and children are not offered amnesty but are victims as well.  These substances know only one battle plan: divide, conquer and decimate.  

It's important for those who are entering recovery to keep this in the forefront of their minds.  Like a new soldier arriving for basic training in the Marines, addicts and alcoholics must prepare for the hard work, discipline, and intensity that their training will require in order to be the best they can be and remain sober and recovered. 

Courage is not the absence of fear rather it is pushing forward in the face of fear.  It is not easy.  It is not fun.  It is essential.   "Pain instructs, " as a wise man once said.  The truth is our biggest fears revolve around anticipation of pain whether it is physical or emotional pain.  Courage helps us to push forward in the face of adversity through the pain which can instruct us and teach us how to grow if we will listen.  

Are you listening?  Are you standing up with all the courage you can muster to put one foot in front of the other each day you wake up in recovery?  If not, why not?  What can you change and what do you have to release?  Perhaps a healthy prayer, mantra, or conscious thought would be,"Higher Power, please give me the courage to have courage in the face of my fears".  After all, courage is what we all need!  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We are in the business of helping restore courage in our client's hearts so they can get the life they want free from addiction.  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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