Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"The 12 Days of Sobriety...in June!?!"



By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

As a little child, my grandfather used to sit me on his lap and sing Christmas carols to me.  I am told I really enjoyed it every time he put me on his knee and sang "Jingle Bells" to me...in June!  So, as I was writing today, I began to imagine that popular Christmas song 'The12 Days of Christmas' re-imagined as a song about the 12 steps.  Enjoy!

"On the first day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Am I going to be powerless forever? Why the heck am I doing this?  I’ve tried and I just can’t beat it.  Help me, please?!?"

On the second day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “This has to be a dream! Who can help me with this 800lb gorilla because I’m not strong enough!”

On the third day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “So this is what change is like!  Thank you, Higher Power, for helping me!”

On the fourth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “It’s been so long since I looked at all these skeletons in my closet.  Time to clean up!”

On the fifth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Confession is good for the soul!!”

On the sixth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “I’m ready to change and get rid of these habits that hurt! “

On the seventh day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Higher Power, please remove these habits that hurt me and others!”

On the eighth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “There are many I have wronged.  Let me make a list of those I harmed.”

On the ninth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Let me go make amends to those I’ve wronged.  I will use caution so that I don’t cause further damage with my amends.”

On the tenth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “This living clean idea takes a daily check-in to make sure I stay on track and that I fix any mistakes I make each day.”

On the eleventh day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “I need to stay in touch with my Higher Power so I know my marching orders every day.”

On the twelfth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “This new life is so great!  I need to help others so they can learn to help themselves.  I will spread the word that sobriety is a great thing!”

At The Coleman Institute, you are our #1 priority!  We know that life-long change takes longer than 12 days.  We also understand that powerful change can take place in just one day that starts with a decision to get clean and stay clean.   If you or one of your loved ones is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer or Amy at  1-877-773-3869.  

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