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Imagine starting a garden. You plot the space, build the beds, buy the soil, lay it down, pick what you want to grow, plant the seeds, and then never tend to the garden again. You don’t water the seeds, you don’t pull weeds, and you don’t do anything to care for what you’re trying to grow. Would it be surprising when nothing produces from the garden? Of course not. How would you expect a garden to grow without ever contributing to the garden?
At some point, we might fool ourselves into thinking that just staying sober and abstaining from relapse is enough for us. However, recovery holds many more promises for us, many more gifts for us, and many more rewards for us than just the ability to not pick up a drink or a drug on a daily basis. (And for the chronic alcoholic or addict, staying sober may not even be possible with this barebones approach to recovery.) Like our garden, we can only reap the bounty we sow by tending to our growth- meaning, we get out of our recovery what we put into our recovery.
Surround yourself with any number of people who work earnestly, tending to their garden of recovery and you’ll see thriving life in their eyes. Recovery gives us an opportunity to live full, engaging, thrilling, adventurous lives beyond our wildest dreams if we allow ourselves to create it.
You try new things, you create new habits, you develop new passions, and you approach life every day as an opportunity to continue growing, continue creating, and continue living. What you get out of your life is exactly what you put into your life.
While some addictions start when we are very young, others do not take hold until later in life. Although the media often depicts addiction as a disease of teens and twenty-somethings, addiction can actually happen at any age or stage of life. Studies show that our minds and bodies are in constant states of change and, as such, our behaviours shift as we get older. Genetics, home environment, mental health issues, and other individual factors canFind out more
“Only a person who can live with himself, can enjoy the gift of leisure.” – Henry Greber As an addict I could not tolerate my own company for long. I was forever telephoning somebody, going over to a friend’s house, inviting people in, creating an “occasion” so I did not have to think or, at least, think about myself. Being alone terrified me. I was terrified because I would begin to think about what was happening in my life and I did not wanFind out more
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