Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan show. Can you believe 50 years has gone by since John, Paul, George and Ringo lit up our TV sets with their mod hair cuts and jangling guitars? That's now been half a century ago!
The Beatles are responsible for most of the pop and rock acts that have existed for the last 50 years. Rare is the band who can say the Fab Four didn't influence them in some way, shape, or form. And with over 600,000,000 (that's six hundred million for you slower math folks) records sold, it's easy to see they are the biggest band in history. I think one of the many reasons why they were so huge was because of their ability to speak to the common man and woman.
Which brings me to one of my favorite songs by the lads from Liverpool called 'Eleanor Rigby'. It was a huge hit for them. And it still sounds as great today as when it was first released. I love the haunting line that Lennon sings, "all the lonely people, where do they all come from?" It is such a poignant thought because everyone who has every lived has struggled with feeling lonely. The Beatles were really good at capturing every day thoughts and emotions and relating them to the listener.
In addiction, loneliness is a key culprit. We are social creatures. We are not meant to be alone. And feeling lonely can cause people to want to use. It's been speculated that loneliness might have been a factor in Philip Seymour Hoffman's relapse because relations had grown cold with his girlfriend of many years. Who knows why it happened or if loneliness was a factor. What we do know is that we have to pay attention to all our emotions when it comes to staying clean.
Are you lonely today? Do you feel unwanted? Unloved? Overlooked? It's a common feeling. Reach out to someone who is safe that you can trust and talk about your feelings. It doesn't mean you're weak because you feel those things rather it means you are human. We are not perfect creatures and we lack perfect strength. We must be connected. Reach out today and connect with someone so you're not alone. There are 7 billion of us here...there's 1 or 2 who are just right for you!
If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, benzos, opiates, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. At The Coleman Institute, we care about people who struggle with addiction. We specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean. Call today. We're here for you. You're not alone!