Friday, November 9, 2012

Are You Vulnerable?


Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

My line of work is an amazing adventure filled with mountaintops and valleys.  Oftentimes, I see people on the brink of destruction who turn their lives around and become a new creation.   Sometimes, I see people who are down and out who come to detox and then I never hear from them again.  Regardless, the one unifying thread in all of their stories is vulnerability.

 Every patient who comes to our institute chooses to be vulnerable whether they realize it or not.  The reality is that it's very hard to come out of the shadows of drug addiction and alcoholism into the light of vulnerability, sobriety, and recovery.  It is a huge risk and many of them choose to embrace it while others come in kicking and screaming!  

The most powerful moments are when a breakthrough occurs:  a woman begins to smile for the first time believing that she just might have hope in a different future.  A man opens up and shares his feelings for the first time in a genuine way.  A couple on the brink of divorce decide to give it one more try when the spouse struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism decides to be vulnerable and ask for help and displays a willingness to take direction.  

These miracles happen every day.  Again, the common thread is the choice to embrace vulnerability.  It is a hard thing to do at first for recovering people because life feels so raw and sharp, and edgy  without the buffer of drugs and/or alcohol.  Still, many are brave and make that difficult choice to dive headlong into the pool of vulnerability.

How open are you to being vulnerable?  Are you willing to be open to at least one person in your life you can trust to share all the junk you struggle with daily?  If not, why are you hesitating?  If you are afraid to be vulnerable ask yourself why that is a problem for you.  I encourage you to seek help so you can receive the joys of being vulnerable in a safe and trusting context.  The more vulnerable you are with the right people the better your life will get! 

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 our clients choose to be vulnerable about their substance abuse problem(s) so they can change their lives for the better by living free from substance abuse.  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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