Thoughts in Recovery & Addiction

Addiction and for me alcoholism, is something that’s been in my family for generations. It’s not something I’d ever paid attention to before. It wasn’t something that I knew about or thought about or even realised I could get in or out of.

I was pretty much walking in the dark without a torch or a candle to light the way. I thought I could work it out for myself. I thought I could do it alone. I can be pretty clever at times but my ‘smarts’ weren’t enough. They weren’t enough to combat something so incredibly consuming that you’re unaware of it until it’s too late.

I resisted being part of a community and part of a 12-step fellowship. I like the meetings (sometimes) but didn’t think that it was for me. I went in and out of the rooms for years trying to stay sober.  

And here’s the big kicker — for most people, recovery from addiction takes a village. The person suffering wants to run and hide and get away from everyone but that’s the dis-ease talking. It’s designed to carve you off from the people, keep you in the dark and rooted in isolation. Keep ‘em alone and vulnerable and impenetrable. 

As people in Recovery we can sometimes get caught in the need to catch up for all the lost time. All the lost opportunities.  We can get caught in wanting to do things to prove our value and our self-worth. 

Allow yourself to slow down and check in with what is really calling you.

We are being asked to listen to our soul’s calling.

Take a moment and think about the path that your life is on right now. This path might have served you for a while. For maybe a year, maybe 2, maybe 5, and maybe even a decade or more.

But right now, you might be willing to try a different approach.

  • You might a new perspective on some of those things that are bothering you so that you can answer that call to take your life to the next level, to that next calling.
  • Having the courage in your life to clear the space for your priorities; this is a higher level of living.
  • Allowing yourself to receive the gift of emotional sobriety 
  • Allowing yourself to clear the space in your life for what it is you’re really desiring next. Having the courage to do so.

Take a moment and think about what path you are on right now.

  • Is it serving you?
  • Is it easy?
  • Does it feel right?
  • Is it in alignment with your Recovery and your highest best use?
  • Is it your soul’s purpose?

If you have something stirring inside; that voice that says, “I’d like to be / do / have  __________ (fill in the blank), but I can’t because __________ (fill in the blank)” then perhaps I can help you.

I invite you to get beyond your old ideas and the ‘shoulds’ that are playing with your mind and level up your thinking. 

Really listen wholeheartedly to what it is you’re seeking.

Change is really scary. 

Growth is really scary. 

Fear says ‘stay small’.

This takes courage. Let’s do it together!

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