When asked to write a letter to add to the website my initial (and usually the most genuine) response was, “what is there to say?” If someone has reached this point in their search for healing for a loved one, I tend to think more words count less. The question that should be considered is, “what is to be done and how does one go about doing it?” One thing to keep in mind, no matter how clichéd it may seem, is that there is hope. We do recover.
Addiction – and it does not matter whether the addiction is to a substance or falls under the heading of a behavioral or process addiction (gambling, binge eating, video games, compulsive sex, et. al) – is a chronic disorder characterized by continued participation in the harmful behaviors despite consequences and/or a desperate desire to stop. Typically, there are a number of attempts at separating oneself from the distress and damage caused. I do not use the term “failed” in the context of these attempts because my academic research, clinical orientation, and personal experience has taught me that failure is not the opposite of success, but rather an integral part of success. Again, we do recover.
Here at Recovery Boot Camp, we offer a very simple proposition; a challenge, as it were: we dare your loved one to become the man you (and he) have always believed he was meant to be. We will provide the necessary conditions - personal support, research-based interventions, and last, but certainly not least, the example of those living a recovered life. Our focus is on solutions, which involve rewriting the narratives of spoiled identities and including the family as a fundamental part of the treatment process. We invite your loved one to accept our challenge. We invite your family to recovery.
George M. Walker, LPC, NCC
Clinical Consultant, Recovery Boot Camp
NBCC Foundation MFP Fellow
Doctoral Candidate, Barry University