New Life. New You.
“The key to unlocking my potential is within me. It is in the power of my thought, my vision and my commitment.” ~~ Author Unknown
What does recovery mean to YOU? For me, recovery mean being present to each moment in my day; it’s a way for me to see each day as a gift. But there are times when living in the present is challenging — times when my excesses or my unnecessary losses cause me to dig myself out of one hole, only to find my foot, or maybe even my leg, already buried in the next.
Whether you are aware of it or not, most of us are recovering from something. Many times, it’s related to EXCESS: too much work, too much alcohol, too many drugs, or too much food, exercise, shopping gambling, sex, coffee, cigarettes – – and even too much perfectionism. Maybe reading this list made you aware of what you know is out of control in your life. If it prevents you from having a manageable and joyful life, it could be addictive. Some substances, behaviors or activities are more dangerous than others.
If you are using something to avoid feeling pain,
that’s your first red flag.
Ellen Loecher, Spiritual Care Coordinator for the Dan Anderson Renewal Center at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center says, “Addiction is a destructive relationship with a substance, activity or person.” A person? How could your relationship with another person be harmful? For many of us, our unhealthy relationships have cost us our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and financial well-being.
Loss brought about by our own addiction – – or the addiction of someone we care about – – is unnecessary. Why? Without addiction, the loss would never have occurred. Some of us have lost our sense of self, family members, friends, jobs, and also our dreams. Addiction may have taken the life of someone you loved – – like it has me.
My experience is that death resulting from addiction holds a secondary loss – – the loss of hope for your loved one’s possible recovery. When you finally come to terms with the fact he may lose his life to addiction, hanging on to that hope is all you have. When he dies, not only are you confronted with the finality of the loss of his life, but that hope also dies for you.
Please contact me for a complimentary strategy session about how some of the following services may be of benefit to you in your recovery. One – on - one as well as group support can be provided in person or via private telephone consultation.
● One – on – One Recovery Coaching
Our focus is on the present, and provides personalized coaching around your unnecessary losses and/or challenges while building a foundation for your new life.
● Group Recovery Coaching
Could you use more accountability or companionship outside of your recovery meeting? I will guide a group of 3-6 people as they share their recovery journey and challenges. Accountability from those in similar circumstances often helps members recognize their roadblocks as well as the positive transformations happening in their lives.
● One – on – One and/or Group Grief Support for those who lost a loved one to addiction
When my son died from addiction, my experience with grief groups was that they lacked the understanding of how grief is often tied to “the loss of the hope of recovery” as well as the loss of life. Other issues that need to be addressed are the guilt, shame, and the resulting isolation that often accompanies the loved ones of the addict who dies.
● Discover Your Dreams!
Our Dream Workshop helps you recover lost dreams as well as focus on creating new ones.
● Recovery Focus
Visit my Recovery Speaking Topics and consider an inspirational presentation for your recovery community.