Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

There are several usages of the word 'bomb' in the English language that do not necessarily connatate a big, red fire ball much like the one in the pic above.  For example, "You dropped a bomb on me, baby, you dropped a bomb on me!"  Those are famous lyrics from a song of the same name made famous by The Gap Band in the 1970's.  In this context, it is used to denote a 'surprise'.  "Dude, that game is da bomb!" In this sense, it means 'great' or 'awesome'.  "That movie was a total bomb at the box office."  Here, the word means 'bad' or 'failure'. 

Sometimes, however, the word just means it's original definition which is, "an explosive device designed to hurt people."  Why all this talk about bombs?  This morning there was a bomb threat at Richmond International Airport here in Richmond, VA home of the main office of The Coleman Institute.  Two of our employees were scheduled to fly out this morning from that airport on business.  Thankfully, they were escorted out of the airport along with all the other travelers as a safety precaution once word of the bomb threat got around.  It appears at the time of this writing, that the airport is now secured and flights have resumed.  Thankfully, no one was hurt!

During WWII in England, civilians practiced drills which included going into their homemade bomb shelters in preparation for the inevitable aerial attack from Nazi Germany.  When the attacks came, they were ready.  They knew it was a matter of life and death!   

Like the bombs that fell on London, addiction drops huge bombs on the addict, family, friends, co-workers and even those not related to the addict.  We can all agree that bombs are a threat to everyone's well-being!

The reality is that bombs leave a huge mess.  Think Hiroshima.  Think Pearl Harbor.  Think Addiction.  

Addiction seeks to 'bomb' and destroy an alcoholic/addicts sobriety once it has been established.  These bombs can be out-of-control feelings, life stress, relational drama, problems at work, health issues, legal concerns and many more.  

The reality is life has problems.  It is unavoidable.  What isn't so obvious, at least for most addicts/alcoholics, is to get away from the blast site or ground zero before the explosion goes off!  

What are the potential bombs in your efforts to stay clean?  Is it an old friend who is still using who won't leave you alone?  What about your stress at work that makes you feel so unbalanced every day?  If you aren't sure what they are, perhaps you should take a few moments and figure it out for yourself and for your self-preservation.  It's time to start fighting back so that you can stay sober and win your fight against addiction.  You'll be glad you did!

At The Coleman Institute, you are very important to us!  We care deeply for your well-being which is why we offer state-of-the-art substance abuse detox treatments for alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, and Suboxone.  If you or someone you love needs detox, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

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