The 5 Places Recovery Can Take You
By Tim Myers
We all know the places that addiction can take you. Crack houses, rehabs, hospitals, and jail.
Now, what about the guy with thirty days sober? What about the girl with just over a day clean? Do you think they need to hear about the places they just left? Do you think they need to hear about the scrapyards they barely made it out of?
No. What they need to hear about are the places they’ll go. They need to hear about the places they’re headed and all the places that recovery now affords them the journey to. They need something to look forward to and something to work towards.
They need some place like –
5) Your College Graduation
99.76% of people in recovery end up graduating college with a 4.0 average. That stat isn’t 100% accurate, but this one is. In the ten years I’ve been trying to get sober, I very seldom see a person working a strong program get less than straight A’s.
Recovery brings your mind to a place where it can attack school and push you towards a level of success previously deemed unreachable.
4) The Bank
How much money do you have? How much money did you have when you were using?
Listen, I went to rehab when the money ran out. I stole and cheated my way to every drink and snort. I was always broke because I was always high.
Recovery has helped me manage and save my money. It’s shown me the path to financial security and has afforded me the ability to spend money on things I’ve always wanted…like an iPhone six!
I’m kidding. The things I can afford today are the things I always wished I could provide. Things like a plane ticket to visit my brother when he’s going through tough times. Things like flowers for my Mom on Mother’s Day. Things like a wedding present for my sister.
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3) To Work
You want to be a lawyer, a doctor, an athlete, or an astronaut? You can do it.
Recovery takes your ambition and your work ethic and injects it with energy and life. Drugs and alcohol held us prisoner. They prevented us from growing into the people we were meant to be.
Now, guided by the twelve-steps, and led by people who have achieved great things, nothing is impossible. The hard work you had to do to stay off heroin will be ten times harder than the work it takes to get your foot in the door at the job of your dreams!
2) To Concerts
The Killers, The Hold Steady, Bruce Springsteen, The National, Girl Talk, Justin Timberlake, and Jay-Z…and those are just the concerts I went to last year.
It’s not hard to stay sober at concerts. For me, it’s hard to get drunk at concerts. With the twelve-steps running through your veins, the words and music take on a new meaning. They inspire, guide, and pump you full of life.
Nothing feels better then screaming the lyrics to your favorite song surrounded by your best sober friends. Experiencing that type of joy together is unreal. There isn’t a drug on the planet that can top that.
There’s no place like it. Period.