Friday, April 19, 2013

What's Your Excuse?



By 

Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

Excuses.  We all have them.  We all 'need' them at some point or another to get us out of something we don't want to do.  They are the sign of a 'good quitter'.  That term, of course, is an oxymoron!

Do you use excuses?  Do you look for excuses regularly to help get you out of situations you don't like or desire to be in?  If so, STOP IT!  Ok, no more cyber yelling, but seriously, please stop making excuses for your own sake.  It's holding you back. 

When it comes to substance abuse recovery, there is no room for excuses.  There is too much at stake!  Your life depends on it.  Believe me, that is not melodrama.  It is the truth.  

My challenge for you today is to turn off your cell phone for a few minutes.  Cut off the T.V..  Sit quietly and allow yourself to really open up and be honest with yourself about all the areas of your life where you are operating with excuses.  Identify them and then analyze them for what they are.  The point is not to beat yourself up or judge yourself harshly rather it is just to become aware of the deeper ways your attitude and mindset(s) affect your life positively or negatively.  Then decide what, if any, good they are doing for you.  If you decide they are no longer good or helpful, discard them for good.  Remember that excuses keep you from achieving all the great things you want to achieve in your life.  Don't use them.  Face reality.  Face it and don't avoid it.  You'll be so happy that you took that brave step of self-analysis to eliminate all your excuses!   

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 an 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)

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