TO LIVE LIFE IN A POSITIVE WAY TAKES THE STRENGTH OF HERCULES AND THE ENDURANCE OF PHEIDIPPIDES.
I think most people who have a loved one or friend with an addiction problem are familiar with The Twelve Step Program.
But I was thinking about how recovering addicts lives are like taking one flight of steps after another, never knowing when the climbing is going to end.
My experience has been that the first flight of steps in recovery is actually easy. Once the person has done the hard work of committing to sobriety and joins a program, they are buoyed by the excitement of making the decision and the help that comes out of the woodwork to help support them in their decision.
The next flight of steps lead the person in recovery to living in the world again and becomes more difficult. They usually need to find jobs and a sponsor in the program. But to a certain extent their fragility is still recognized and they are given a lot of help at this juncture.
The third flight of steps usually leads to dealing with all the fundamental difficulties of living in the world and accepting responsibility for reclaiming your life. This third flight of steps is usually where my loved one fails. The stress of living in the real world seems to be too much and relapse occurs.
I am celebrating this weekend that my family member seems to have the strength to go onto the fourth flight of steps.
Life for all of us is a continual set of steps always leading upward toward God. For most of us, as we climb, we gain the strength to continue climbing and develop strategies to deal with the difficulties that we encounter as we climb. I am celebrating that he seems to be positively navigating the third flight of steps. I am praying that he will develop the strength and endurance to keep on climbing.
Wishing you strength and endurance,