Monday, November 4, 2013

Who Influences You?

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

If you want to know where your favorite band or songwriter got the musical goods then just listen to their influences.  I had an opportunity to do so this past week.  Alice Cooper, shock rocker from the 70's, came to town for an evening of bombastic, theatrical rock the likes of which I've never seen before.  Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about seeing him perform and I almost didn't go see him.  What a HUGE mistake that would have been!

That afternoon, I was trying to decide whether I would go to the show that night.  I did a little bit of reading and found that most of the rock bands I grew up listening to got their inspiration and influence from Alice Cooper.  That sealed the deal.  I had to go.  I now realized he was the major influence on all the bands who got me started on music.  And, as promised, the show did not disappoint.  I've been listening to Mr. Cooper on my Spotify account ever since!

We all have influences in our lives.  Some are good and some are not so good.  Usually people name their parents, friends, teachers, and even co-workers as influential on their behaviors and goals.  There is nothing inherently wrong with this.  Being influenced in the right direction is a great thing but how often are we influenced in the wrong direction?

This is usually the case with alcohol and drug addiction.  I hear stories all the time from people who got started using drugs and/or alcohol because of a friend or family member's influence.  Believe it or not, peer pressure is very powerful and convincing for many people!

Who are your influences?  Who has the power to persuade you to make certain choices and not others?  Is it the media?  How about movies?  Music?  Friends?  Family?  Strangers at a party? 

Take some time this week to figure out who are your influences and whether or not they are helpful for you and for your life.  You may find that their influence has wreaked havoc in your life and it is time to change to a new source of influence.  Perhaps it's time to hang out with sober people.  Let them teach you how to live a different life from the party scene.  It'll feel awkward at first but so does the party scene when you first get there trying to fit in by doing and saying the right things.  My hope is that I've influenced you to consider making a new choice in your life. 

At The Coleman Institute, we want to be an influence of change helping people to get clean and stay clean from drugs and alcohol.  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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