There is something mystical and somewhat uncanny when you hear exactly what you needed to hear at the exact moment you needed to hear it. Take for example, you just received a phone call informing you that your good friend had relapsed and is currently laying in a hospital bed. This is devastating news, because you’ve been where she’s at, and you know the pain she’s in. You know she’s lying there, and any hope she had before she picked up, is gone. She can’t believe she’s back here, and she’s beating herself up, asking “where did it all go so wrong?!”
Her family is done, she just lost her home, and as soon as she is discharged, she will be dropped off at a homeless shelter downtown.This is not what you were expecting to hear; she seemed to be doing so well recently.
Staying Focused On Recovery
Then it hits you like a ton of bricks: you are only one drink or drug away from standing in her shoes, facing the downward spiral of addiction, homelessness, and despair. One drink or drug away, that’s it. It wasn’t until this moment that you realize you were getting a little complacent in your own recovery.
That’s how this disease works: it’s cunning, baffling, powerful, and will take you out the minute you let your defenses down. That’s what happened to your friend, and now her life is falling apart at the seams. Though hearing this kind of news is heartbreaking, it’s a reminder of where we’ve been and where we can return. If you attend recovery meetings, you will hear the experiences of others, and sometimes, it is exactly what you needed to hear that day to keep you sober.
We share our stories with newcomers in hopes that they will relate to something we’ve said, and find hope that they too, can recover. We listen to the stories newcomers tell, and we walk away grateful for the gift of life that recovery has given us. Sobriety is precious and can be lost in an instant.
If you are struggling right now, we hope you heard something that motivates you to call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. We want you to experience the gift of recovery, and if you have a desire to stop drinking or using, we can help you. Our goal is to help you rediscover your true self, and to show you how to live a life you love and cherish. You are not alone in this. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707. Your life can change, and you can recover.