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Welcome!

Welcome to my website and blog.  This blog started as a vision.  I am proud to finally make it reality.  Similarly, many who struggle in addiction have a vision. The vision is one they can’t quite realize and make reality for themselves.  This blog is an effort to help others actualize the vision they may have for a life free from addiction, free from the chaos that often accompanies addictive process, and help achieve the vision of recovery.  A sober life begins living with intention (and an admittance of powerlessness).

Achieving Recovery Success: Willpower vs. Habit

"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality."--  Abraham Lincoln



By now the resolutions, that most people had set to enter 2016, have begun to fade.  Goals and New Year’s resolutions are great for vision, but lack the mechanics to get one to successful completion.  

Sustained successful recovery cannot be attained with vision or willpower alone. Willpower is the unwavering strength to carry out one’s wishes. Willpower is instinctual but needs help to be sustained.  This is where mastery of self-control, repeated over time creates sustained successful recovery.  If addiction is “habits to the bad”, successful recovery is “creating habits to the good”.  “Pushing the dark out” is hard.  “Inviting the light in” is so much easier.  

I Believe

Every year in our household growing up I would watch “Miracle on 34th Street” with my father.  My father passed away almost 8 years ago but I still look forward to catching that movie with my own daughter.  One of my favorite scenes is when the little girl, played by Natalie Wood, after trials, tribulations and nay-sayers regarding Kris Kringle, repeated slowly to herself “I believe, I believe….” And she spotted the gift promised to her by Kris Kringle.

Recovery is believing.  When you think you can’t, change your thoughts.  You can.  Find Courage.  When you think you can’t….Believe. The gifts of recovery await.

You don’t have to have a monumental program, just be consistent every day.

 

I believe, do you?

Merry Christmas!

What Can the Tour de France Teach Us About Recovery?

"Habit is stronger than reason."- George Santayana

Each year I love to follow the grueling Tour de France (TDF) cycling race.  Besides watching what, in my mind, is the toughest sport with the fittest athletes in the most trying conditions, the race also serves as travelogue for a very beautiful and diverse country.  As I watch this year I couldn’t help but notice the parallel process between the endurance race and the enduring road of recovery.

Some of the many parallel thoughts I observe:

 


Surround yourself with a strong team.

While there can only be one winner of the race, the winner does not win the race alone!  To the outside observer it looks like it could be a single rider competing for that yellow jersey.  Each TDF team is composed of 10 members that support one another and compete with an overall goal and strategy.  Recovery is not a solo event.  Similarly you are riding for yourself, but those with strong recovery ride with a strong team of peer support surrounding them.  Riding in the peleton can be stressful. When one has a strong team of support surrounding them, anxiety is reduced and safety is increased.