Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
Today I met 3 different patients with 3 different stories. The first, a middle-aged woman, was addicted on pain pills. An incredible athlete, she looked to be in the prime of her life not someone who was hooked on opiates. Cloaked in shame, she was afraid to leave detox because of the changes she would have to make and the pain she might feel in the process.
The second patient was a man in his early 20's who was in withdrawal from opiates. He was not feeling good physically. His mother was anxious for a speedy recovery for her son. This was his first legitimate attempt at getting clean and staying clean from his drug addiction.
Last, I spoke to a medical student in his late 20's. He was coming off of a suboxone maintenance dose that was his normal daily regimen for the past 5 years. He was ready and felt confident that he was turning over a new leaf through his detox this week.
The common thread that ran through each of these stories is this: they were all desperate to change. Desperation is the emotional state of inner despair over a situation that seems helpless and without change. It is the most common feeling for people stuck in substance abuse. Each of these patients, for completely different reasons, were desperate to change the course of their lives.
We often think that being 'desperate' is a bad thing. Sometimes, for sure, it isn't a very exciting option. However, sometimes being desperate is a good thing. In this case, being desperate to escape the claws of potential sickness, financial ruin, legal issues, and/or death, is a very good thing!
Are you desperate to change? Where are you today in your life circumstances? Is there something you've been putting off that to change would radically re-orient your life in a powerful way? Sometimes desperation is a good thing. Give in to it today. Change your life. Watch how you will change in the process!
At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs. If you or someone you love has felt the bite of addiction, we would love to help you heal. If you are in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).