Thursday, September 26, 2013

Winner Takes It All


By 
Chris Newcomb

I am a music lover.  I've said that many times before on this blog.  But, it bears repeating:  I am a music lover!!!  And today I want to reminisce and share with you an 'oldie but a goodie' from 1987 by Sammy Hagar (a.k.a. The Red Rocker).  Hagar is no stranger to hits songs on the charts.  From Montrose, to this solo career, to Van Halen, to Chickenfoot, and now back in his solo vibe, Sammy Hagar could look at a glass of water and write a hit about it!  That, of course, would be 'over the top'.  But, I digress.

Speaking of over the top, there was a movie of the same name starring Sylvester Stallone as an up and coming arm wrestler.  Yes, the plot line is THAT pathetic!  Turns out Mr. Hagar wrote a song for that movie's soundtrack called 'Winner Takes It All'...thus the title of this blog.  And as I sat down to write this article, it popped into my head and has not left.  As a matter of fact, let me cue up the tune on Spotify as I write.  Ah!  Much better.

Life is a competition.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  Now, to be sure, we all have all the value we need when we're born.  If we are judged by what we do and we fail, that doesn't leave us with much value now does it?  Instead, I take the view that we have all the value we will ever need just by being born.  

Having said that, life is still a competition.  Want to get that great job?  Better get good grades.  Want to play golf next to Tiger Woods?  Better start practicing by your first birthday.  Want to be the next Sammy Hagar?  Sit down and take a number!

If life is a competition, then is bears remembering that, "winner takes it all and loser takes the fall," as Sammy once sang.  And this is true with regards to substance abuse too.  Addicts who are not in recovery are not going to win the game.  It is impossible.  Sooner or later, they will mess up.  It's inevitable because when you're powerless, eventually you will get overpowered.  Don't believe me?  Step into the ring with Mike Tyson.  Even old, out-of-shape Mike Tyson still has a mean left hook!

So I challenge you to decide are you a winner?  If winners take it all, are you one of the winners in life?  If you're not, why not?  If you're not, what can you do about it?  Quit?  Ask for help?  Go to jail? Detox in a psych ward?  It's up to you but if you don't do something soon, the winner will be the addiction and you will take the fall.  Please don't read these words as judgment or finger-pointing, rather, read them as a message of encouragement that you can be who you were born to be and do what your were born to do if you'll just humble yourself and be teachable, then you can stay sober.  

At The Coleman Institute, we think it rocks when someone decides to get clean and stay clean!  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 or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-38369.  We're hear for you.  Come on winner, pick up the phone.  You know you want to. 

 P.S. If you're interested, you can find Sammy Hagar's song "Winner Takes It All" here.

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