Friday, October 19, 2012

The Function of Freedom

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Yesterday I was talking with a patient who was completing his detox.  He was resistant to change, as most patients are, telling me that he wasn't going to talk to anyone because he doesn't do things he doesn't want to do.  Sound familiar?  I told him no one likes to be told what to do.  I went on to say that one of the gifts of being an adult is the freedom to decide what you are going to do with your life positively or negatively.  His ears perked up.  I had my audience.  

We live in a country based on the principle of freedom.  In our great society, people have the privilege of choosing their own way of life.  They are free to start a business, join a civic organization, protest against the government, or support a cause they believe in.  They are also free to break the law (just watch the news) and go to jail.  Many do not ask, however, what is the function of freedom?

Is the function of freedom merely to gather as much stuff as I can before I die much like the humorous bumper sticker that says, "He who dies with the most toys wins"?  Could there be a higher principle for which freedom exists?  As the patient and I spoke yesterday, I tried to help him see that the function of freedom was to help others get free.  That is, his freedom from drug addiction was predicated on the reality that he must go help others get free in order to stay free himself. 

The function of freedom is to spread freedom.  That is why service work is emphasized in the 12 step community.  You see the same principle in medicine.  When a doctor discovers a cure for a disease, he or she doesn't keep the formula to themselves rather they let the world know that there is a cure so people can become free from the pain of their disease.  

If you are free from drug and/or alcohol addiction today, are you using your freedom to help others get free?  If not, why not?  Is there someone you know you can reach out to that needs your help?  Remember what it felt like to be free?  Wouldn't you love to pass that on to another desperate soul so they can experience it too?  It's never to late to reach out and give the gift of freedom!  Let me encourage you to reach out and help someone if you haven't already.  If you have, great job and keep it up!

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.  It is a privilege to help our patients get their first taste of freedom through our detox process.
Many of our patients are tired and barely holding their gloves up against the tough opponent of addiction when they first arrive for detox.  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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