Friday, October 12, 2012

Knock Out Punch!!!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I love boxing.  I call it "Planned Violence".  Of course, I don't want to see any one really get hurt except for the occasional k.o. with a brutal right cross to the nose,  I'm kidding (maybe)!  I don't know what happened to the young man pictured above but suffice it to say that he didn't get up in time to stop the 10 count!

Sadly, we live in a violent culture.  Just this week, there was a horrific event in Pittsburgh, PA where an innocent teacher was walking down an alley past several young men as he walked to his destination.  He never looked at the group of men.  He never said a word to any of them.  Out of the blue, one of the young men steps behind his friend for cover and at just the right moment he lands a vicious right cross to the teacher's left cheek.  Immediately, the teacher falls headlong onto the pavement, his body on the ground while his face lands on the sidewalk.  All of this event was captured on video.  Thankfully, within 24 hours, the offender was captured by police.  It was a disturbing story to read much less to see the video.  Our thoughts go out to the victim for a speedy recovery and to the perpetrator that he will be humbled by his actions and choose a different path after he faces his punishment.  It is a sad situation all the way around!

Unfortunately, using drugs and alcohol can be very similar to being sucker punched in an alleyway out of the blue when you least expect it.  The addictive/alcoholic voice waits in the alleyway looking to strike the unexpected, ill-prepared addict or alcoholic.  That is why it pays to be vigilant in your sobriety.  As Benjamin Franklin once noted, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

What parts of your life are like a dark alleyway where addiction can hide ready to punch your lights out?  Is it people you hang out with that are not sober?  Is it places where alcohol is sold or drugs are taken?  How about relationships with people who are a major source of stress in your life.  All of these and many other scenarios are potential sucker punches to your sobriety.  

In boxing, the point is to hit your opponent and not to get hit yourself.  That's why boxers practice 'bobbing and weaving' which is boxer-speak for moving out of the way of incoming punches.  In sobriety and recovery, people 'bob and weave' their way around temptation through activities like attending 12 step meetings, talking with a sponsor, spending time with sober friends, doing service work, and other sobriety-enhancing activities.  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  We love serving addicts and alcoholics.  Many of our patients are tired and barely holding their gloves up against the tough opponent of addiction when they first arrive for detox.  However, most feel rejuvenated, encouraged, and strengthened for the battle ahead armed with a strong aftercare program.  Furthermore, many of them elect to participate in 12-months of Naltrexone Therapy to protect 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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