Friday, May 31, 2013

How Bad Do You Want It?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

I am very privileged to do the work I do every day for a living.  Working at a substance abuse detox center, for many people, would seem like a sentence in hell for all eternity.  True, there are 'hellish' elements to it: we see the broken, the downtrodden, the beaten and battered and bruised.  Most days, however, I see a glimpse of heaven.  Today was one of those days!

I spoke with a man whose addiction took him to incredible lows.  He was a professional man doing very well in his career.  He had a routine surgery and the doctors put him on pain pills during his recovery process.  He got hooked.  After that, his life became one big spiral crashing down to the ground.  However, like the phoenix rises from the ashes, this gentleman pulled himself up and out of the mire and muck of his addiction to start a brand new life.  My life is better for having heard his story today.  
While the specifics of his story are interesting, I'd rather focus on his overall attitude.  He has lived his life for over two years without excuses.  That is, he's been open to the process of recovery and made no excuses about it.   And his life has dramatically improved because of this crucial decision.  

So, as the title of the article asks, how bad do you want it?  How bad do you want to succeed  at recovery?  Do you want it with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength?  Do you, like the picture of the Asian man with no arms above, define yourself by your limitations or by your possibilities?  It's a certain way of thinking, believing and then doing.  

There is a reason why A.A. talks about 'acting your way into right thinking."  The reason is because you can't 'think your way into right acting'!  That's why I was so inspired by this man's efforts to fix himself with the help of a sober community around him.  He put all the cards on the table and double downed on behalf of his future.  

You can do the same!  No matter why you think you can't get clean...the reason is just an excuse.  Period.  Plain and simple.  It is an excuse.  The bottom line is this:  how bad do you want it?  Now go get it.  You deserve it more than you know!  

At The Coleman Institute, your sobriety is our priority.  We are here for you.  If you or someone you know is in need of detox from alcohol and/or drugs, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

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