Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Take a Chance!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I remember when I was in between colleges (read: I dropped out from skipping class too much).  I had had enough of 'High School Part 2' which is also known as the first two years of undergraduate study at most colleges and universities.  Therefore, I began to skip class and eventually received a letter from the university encouraging me to study or else I would be kicked out.  I beat them to the punch: I quit.  

I was already working at a bank part-time when an opportunity presented itself:  the chance to work full-time as a 'credit limit defender'!  Don't ask.  The only thing standing between me and the promotion was math.  I have dyscalculia, a math learning disability.  Looked like I was going to have to take a chance.  

To this day, I don't know if I actually passed or the instructor had pity on me but I passed and received the promotion.  I was now a full-time banker.  I hated it!  8 hours a day tied to a phone made me want to eat a shotgun barrel like a nice, cold popsicle on a 110 degree summer day after a marathon! 

Long story short, after a year of that job, I decided that tests and papers weren't that bad and I went back to school.  I ended up graduating have made Dean's List and 4.0 my last semester.  Bonus: I even got an 'A' in Psychological Statistics.  In other words, tutoring works!

Have you ever taken a chance with something or someone?  If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, that answer would be yes.  Let's admit it, it takes guts to get so drunk you can't find the door (thank you Joe Walsh).  It takes courage to smoke so much dope you can't remember your name and you eat all of the meatloaf you never eat when you're sober.  In other words, you take a chance to embrace the partying lifestyle.  For many, it's a fun trip that has no consequences.  For most, it is akin to riding shotgun in a car that is on fire going 100 mph straight into a brick wall.  That is, "Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!" 

So, here is a proposition for you.  Take a chance.  Be different.  Give up the partying lifestyle. It's stupid.  We all know it.  But  not all of us have the courage to live it out and walk away.  Please understand I am not calling people who party 'stupid'.  I am saying the 'act' of partying is, well, stupid.  For example, stupid is defined as, "lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull".  Let's use that in a sentence and see if it fits the bill:

'As John drank his 15th beer & went driving, he was making a very stupid (lacking ordinary quickness & keenness of mind; dull) choice.'

Yep.  It fits.  So, we can all agree that the act of partying is stupid.  Now let's take a leap of faith and say that the act of taking a chance is brave.  Everyone wants to be brave (i.e. "possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance").  No one wants to be a coward! 

Today is your opportunity to be brave.  Right here, right now.  Give up the partying.  It takes 'courageous endurance' to walk away from the crowd and do something different.  Yes, your buddies will make fun of you.  Yes, you'll get bored.  Guess what?  You'll get over both.  Take a chance.  Find an even better life as a sober individual just like you were when your mama brought you here and the doctor smacked the breath of life into you. 

At The Coleman Institute, we see people every day who take a chance on sobriety and recovery and find that they love it!  You can too.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you! 

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