"The most courageous thing we will ever do is to bear humbly the mystery of our own reality".
By Joan Shepherd, FNP
I’m moved by this notion this morning as I think about the people who have come through our doors at The Coleman Institute over the last several weeks.
People who have suffered losses, be it the deaths of children or spouses, health, careers, marriages, homes, or perhaps worst of all, their own self-respect and integrity. Each person who comes to us for an Accelerated Opiate or Accelerated Benzo or Alcohol detox is making the choice to ‘bear humbly the mystery’ of his or her own reality.
It can be a terrifying thing to anticipate. Most of our clients fear the actual detox, but the truth is, it’s "Life After Detox" that takes the most courage.
For some people, not having a drug to lean on when sad or bitter memories threaten to overtake them, feels too overwhelming. For others, facing the reality of the hurt they’ve inflicted on people in their lives seems impossible to bear without some mind and emotion-numbing substances.
Allowing the healing process to begin starts with stopping the drugs or alcohol for good. It is a journey filled with many paradoxes: you alone must make the decision to change, but people will be along your path at every step to help. You must enter with courage, but put down all defenses. You admit your own part in the mess, but allow grace to flood your very being.
One of the things I hear most often at TCI is how compassionately and respectfully our clients are treated. Call us if you’re ready to check in with the mystery of your reality.