Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I'm Gonna Knock You Out!!!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Ever had someone threaten to 'knock you out'?  It's not a pleasant feeling.  I've had it happen a few times in my life, mostly in youthful athletic squabbles, but no matter how it happens, it is a very scary feeling.  Why?  Because our #1 drive in life is to survive! 

That's why I use what I call the 'Mike Tyson Analogy' regarding drug and alcohol relapse.  If you're familiar with former heavyweight champion boxer 'Iron' Mike Tyson, you know that he was a massive force to be reckoned with during his prime.  Mr. Tyson won his first 19 fights by knockout and 12 of those were in the first round!  He was the youngest boxer to simultaneously hold the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at the ripe old age of 20.   He successfully defended his titles nine times before finally losing to Buster Douglas.  You can see why I might use him as an analogy.  Allow me to explain. 

Relapse is a lot like getting an invitation to be knocked out by Mike Tyson.  If I got in the ring with an older Mike Tyson in 2013, I could out run him for a while.  Eventually, however, that famous left hook/right uppercut combination would strike and knock me out.  I would need a face lift from the damage. That's why I have no intention of EVER stepping in the ring with him!

Relapse works the same way.  Imagine, for a moment, if the drug is standing in the middle of the ring instead of Mike Tyson and it is taunting you calling you every name in the book and then some.  If you take the bait and get in the ring (i.e. use drugs), you're going to lose (i.e. relapse) because it's like messing with Mike Tyson.  My advice is never get in the ring in the first place (i.e. total abstinence).  

 Today the headline on the BBC reads, "Mike Tyson is close to death from drugs and alcohol".  So much for analogies, huh?!? Yes, even the mighty Mike Tyson is unable to stand up toe-to-toe against the powerful drugs and alcohol of today.  Recently on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, Tyson said, "I want to live my sober life. I don't want to die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I'm a vicious alcoholic."  What goes up must come down.  Oh, how, the mighty have fallen!  

Unfortunately, I am not able to use that analogy anymore.  However, the good news is that Mike Tyson is being honest, albeit before the entire world, that he has a problem and needs help dealing with it.  Our sincere wishes to Mr. Tyson as he starts training for the toughest fight of his life!

At The Coleman Institute, you matter!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius and/or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here to help!

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