Friday, July 25, 2014


Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I remember the first public consequence I ever received in my life.  I was in first grade and I was so excited to be in school.  Not really interested in learning, I felt that socializing was an important part of my education for future job prospects (ahem: my job is to talk to people all day long as a recovery coach.  Mission Accomplished Mrs. Hodges).  My first grade teacher, the aforementioned Mrs. Hodges, did not share my enthusiasm for social interaction.  She taped my mouth shut.  Talk about embarrassing!

Have you ever had public consequences for an action you couldn't take back but wish you could?  Drunk in public?  Indecent exposure?  Jaywalking?  Walking while chewing gum?  You get the point.  We all do things that fall into the category of 'stupid' from time to time.  Of course, consequences vary.  Not everyone has the same punishing experience.  This could be a good thing.  But, maybe there is a lesson to be learned here about people who have had really awful consequences. It can be a warning for those of us who haven't to made that choice, but are certainly eligible to, if we are not careful.

Robert Downey, Jr. is a great actor.  From Sherlock Holmes to Iron Man, he is a gifted actor with a wide range of acting skills.  It wasn't always that way.  He infamously tanked his life in his earlier career and, in his words, "broke out in handcuffs" as a result of his drinking and drugging.  Translation: Jail.

We can take courage, though, from Mr. Downey Jr.'s story.  The good news is that he is healing.  He is on the road to recovery.  He has come so far in his journey.  His personal life has straightened out and his career is experiencing a phenomenal resurgence of monetary and popular success.

What's the take away?  Drugs and alcohol cause all kinds of consequences.  Broken relationships.  Ill physical health.  Ill mental and emotional health.  And sometimes, even handcuffs and jail.  There is wisdom in learning from other people's mistakes not because we stand in judgment of their mishaps, rather, we see that "but by the grace of God" do we end up in a similar situation.  This creates gratitude and humilty which are two very important qualities for successful recovery!

If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869 today.   Learn from others mistakes...take positive action today. Help. Hope. Healing. Starts Here!

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