Monday, July 22, 2013

Not Feeling It?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Ever had one of those days?  What if one of those days is a Monday?  Does it ruin your outlook for the rest of the week?  Month?  Year?  Even the rest of your life?  Yeah, I've been there too.

I write this article on a Monday which may have you wondering if I am, in fact, 'not feeling it' today.  Truth be told, I wouldn't tell you if I wasn't feeling there (tongue firmly planted in cheek)!  Furthermore, how many of us really 'feel it' all the time anyway?  And, for that matter, what is 'it' anyway?!?

I think the proverbial 'it' is something we have to do but don't really want to do.  Take doing laundry, for instance.  How many people do you know who are jumping to do their laundry?  Exactly.  Not something most people bust a move to experience!  

Still, people do it because they have to do it or face certain consequences such as trouble with work and/or relationships such as 'Pig Pen' from Charlie Brown who always walked around in a cloud of dust, dirt and body odor because he refused to participate in daily hygiene activities.  The other cast of Peanut's characters were derisive and loathed being around him because of his smelly, unkept self. 

Likewise, people feel the same way around those who are in active addiction.  Sometimes, they stink.  Oftentimes, they make poor choices.  They hurt others because they are just not 'feeling it'.  In this case, 'it' would be sobriety and recovery.  Where are you in regards to those two?

The reality is that sobriety and recovery are important regardless of whether people are 'not feeling it' on any given day.  This is life and death we're talking about here.  Don't let a 'case of the lazy' fool you!

Take this as a wake-up call if you're feeling ambivalent about participating in your recovery!  You are too important and have way too much to lose if you do not take your recovery seriously.  Only you will reap the benefits or destruction of your choices.  Choose wisely so you will be happy!  You'll be glad you did.

At The Coleman Institute, you always matter to us!  Whether you suffer from chronic pain that led to an addiction or you just stayed at the party too long, we're here to help.  If you or somone you love is in need of detox off of opiates, benzos, alcohol, Methadone, or Suboxone, please call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869


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