My intention with this letter is to avoid clichés and any “rah, rah, yeah-we-have-the-answer” talk. The fact is, I believe you have the answer to your recovery. I believe you’ve always had the answer. Having the answer, though, and implementing it in your life are two entirely different things. Having the answer is necessary but hardly sufficient.
We do recover. It doesn’t matter how much heroin you’ve shot, snorted, or smoked. It doesn’t matter if you’ve smoked crack or meth like a broken stove. No matter the amount of pills or alcohol swallowed, there is a singular an indisputable truth that is immovable in the face of even the most persistent denial – We do recover.
So, this is what it boils down to – “What do you want and what are you prepared to do?” There is no trick to this question; no sleight of hand. It’s the question all of us have had to ask ourselves at some point: “What do you want to do?” If I had been asked that question when I was struggling as an addict, my response would have been, “To use without pain, remorse or consequence”. There reached a point, however, where there simply weren’t enough drugs to numb the pain and it is at that point where the question demands an answer. It is a challenge – a direct challenge – and it is a challenge that will determine how you respond to all the remaining challenges life will present. We dare you to say enough! We dare you to be the person you always believed you could be. When you decide, we are here.
George M. Walker, LPC, NCC
Clinical Consultant, Recovery Boot Camp
NBCC Foundation MFP Fellow Doctoral Candidate, Barry University