TWO PATHS IN ADDICTION RECOVERY
The fine line that can lead us down a path of belief or another of hopelessness can be confusing. One way of living beats the path of life right next to another way. Some beautiful. Some ugly. This parallel path is what was created for each human being as a choice maker, and is given to anyone that asks to venture along any and every path there is. Choice is free. Sans any cost to you or any other person who wants to journey along it. There are no exceptions. No one is too far gone, too lost or too poor or guilty to tread it. There are always two paths in addiction recovery and in life. At every intersection, there is at least one choice to make. Also, there are different types of addiction recovery to choose from. Different paths that can get you to wellness.
Types of recovery programs include:
- Community programs. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) often comes to mind, but there are a variety of free or inexpensive alternatives as well. These can range from a simple weekly meeting with little structure to city-sponsored addiction counseling.
- Outpatient treatment. This kind of program is designed to fit in with your normal life. Medical appointments, counseling, and classes are at night or on weekends to accommodate people with day jobs or classes.
- Inpatient rehab. This is what most people think of when they hear the term “rehab.” Patients stay on site and benefit from round-the-clock care. Inpatient treatment is generally the most thorough, as counselors and doctors can compare notes on your progress and symptoms to ensure you get the best treatment.
- Sober living home. Patients live in a home-like setting and work together to prepare meals and keep the facility clean. Medical care, counseling, and classes may happen off site.
A spiritual solution to addiction recovery
So what we ultimately hold in our midst, and within all of our capabilities, is the choice of which path to tread. The choice that the angels who turned against God wanted so desperately all those years ago, who fruitlessly fought Him for possession of its priceless value and ultimately lost their immortal lives for. For you however, it has been given to you already, all you need to do is choose one of your two paths in addiction recovery. Regardless of where you might be on either one, the door will remain open as long as you have breath in your body. Now answer this. Which do you choose?
When we begin to answer this question in drug addiction recovery for example, we are like people walking on water, we take the first few steps and then doubt, unbelief in this reality and circumstances hang around our shoulders like lead weights. We begin to sink. But! But if we can diligently and faithfully move past what we witness, moving towards God, regardless of the fearful storms that surrounds us in this world, we hastily begin to see the light ahead. All paths lead to God (Light). The light that will lead you from strength to strength and victory to victory, until you are able to overcome one of the biggest hurdles we perceive – death itself.
We are born to eternal life through the very choices we make. Given the two paths in addiction recovery that are either to use or stop using, end up becoming bigger choices. The two paths in addiction recovery become about life and death, of path A and B; God, this book and your internal light will lead you to the former; with the latter dissolving back into worldly thoughts of unreality, which in the end is what truly does not exist when we embrace that ever glowing light and the wonder it offers with its embrace. The answer to God who is pure love, to Heaven, eternal life, fun, excitement beyond boundary, love and good times is genuinely within you. Choose it!
And in the spirit of paradox, a final word of introduction. No matter where you are on your journey or what you have done, or have not done, up and until this point can all be left behind. We begin again, right now.
I assume God was never born and will never die, simply because He is always present. You need to learn to only ever be present as well. God said His name is I AM which signifies the real magnitude of what present really is. Use the same authority He does and never state but I was, I could have, I should have, I want to. No, it’s time for change. Today practice enlightenment, call things as though they are. I am well, I am peaceful, I am protected, I am that I am and I am ready to live like God does and accept nothing but beauty, love, compassion and peace in my reality. I am expanding with my thoughts.
John Newton once said, “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.”
But, not looking at Robert Frost’s Road not Taken opens us up to the subject beautifully. And remember that there are always two paths in addiction recovery, not one. It is never simply hopeless. Never!
Each person’s addiction has its own trajectory. This is not to say there are not commonalities to people’s addictions. The brains of people who share the same addiction may respond the same way. The advances in brainscience have been illuminating for addiction. But even with these commonalities it is important to recognize there are important differences between people with the same addictions. People begin to use and abuse for particular reasons and these reasons may have a stranglehold on a person. Some people may have other physical or psychological co-occurring conditions.
Addictions vary dramatically in the sorts of pleasures or highs or other effects they produce. The brain responds differently to different substances and behaviors. The frenetic high that is produced by cocaine is different from the on-beyond mellow of heroin is different from the dissociation effects of other drugs. Different drugs affect different parts of one’s psyche as well as the body itself. Given all these complexities, it is more prudent to multiply options for achieving sobriety than to limit them. There are many, many paths in fact. There are many ways through addiction, there. For more help about the two paths in addiction recovery, contact Pathways Wellness Centre and Rehab.