Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Have you ever had a tough decision to make and you wanted more than anything to make the right one?  Ever second guess yourself after you've made an important decision?  The hardest part about making a decision is doing so with limited knowledge, that is, the inability to see the future and all the possibilities that a particular decision can end up.  

Still, decisions must be made every day.  Decisions to pay which bill first.  Decisions to ask for help with a project at work.  Decisions to go to therapy.  Decisions to get clean and stay clean from alcohol and/or drugs.  

The irony with addiction is that a person decides to do drugs and then loses the power to decide to stop without assistance.  It is a cruel disease.  When contemplating the decision to get clean, everything inside the addict's head screams, "No, don't give up!  Keep using!  They just don't understand your need for this stuff!  It's not hurting anyone else!"  These are powerful and convincing voices.  They are also liars.  

The toughest decision in life is to do the right thing.  It is a challenge to our character (or lack thereof).  The right decision is not always the easiest one nor is it the pain-free one either.  It is one that can actually hurt.  It can leave scars.  But to make the wrong decision is even worse: consequences from that wrong decision as well as regret from making the wrong decision.  Regret is a conscious hell on earth for many people.  It's not something we want to add to our daily thought processes.  Yet many people make decisions that leave them in a tsunami of regret.  

Have you decided to get off drugs yet?  Have you decided to pour out the bottle and throw it away for good this time?  Are you tired of regretting your last binge, drunk, and/or high?  Are you tired of disappointing yourself and others by your behavior?  What type of decision are you willing to make regarding your future?

The reality is that you must decide.  Life will rarely decide for you.  This is the blessing and curse of being human.  Let me encourage you to decide to quit drugs and alcohol today.  The hardest part is making the actual decision.  Once you make it, you will build momentum before you know it.  

If you've decided to change your life for the better, we congratulate you for your bravery!  At The Coleman Institute, we've decided that life is too much fun to waste on drugs and alcohol.  That is just one of many reasons why we are dedicated to helping people get clean and stay clean!

The time is now.  If you or someone you love needs to be detoxed off of alcohol, benzos, opiates, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're waiting for you to decide. 

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