Friday, October 26, 2012

First Time for Everything!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

Recovery from substance abuse is a full-contact sport!  It's not for the meek or the mild.  It requires everything of you and more.  And the prize is totally worth it!  

Remember the day when you first starting abusing drugs or alcohol?  Remember how you rushed into it with reckless abandon?  It wasn't that hard, was it?  You just did it!  Take a clue from Nike:  just do recovery!

Notice the fish bowl above with all the fish inside?  It's crammed and it stinks (work with me here).  And the neighbors are blowing bubbles all around you and you can't get a moment of rest.  It's ridiculous.  It's overcrowded.  And that fish in the middle never shuts up!  You get the point. 

Be free!  Be different!  Be unique!  Look at that fish jumping out of the fish bowl and into bowl.  Ok, so here's the deal.  You're still going to be around other people.  You'll still be invited to other places where people party.  But you will see the world much differently.  It will appear fresh, clean, and different.  It won't matter to you what other people are doing.  It will only matter to you that you are healthy and feel so much freedom inside.  You will be in full-contact with life and recovery not partying and destruction.  Isn't that more appealing?!?

As Thomas Jefferson once said, "If you want something in your life you've never had, you'll have to do something, you've never done."  Think about.  There is a first time for everything!  

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