Some people think all I do is rail on addicts, but that's not quite accurate. I'm trying to push addicts (including myself) to get better so that we can give the world all we can possibly give. Many addicts and alcoholics are/were very bright, talented people. Some are intellectual or artistic geniuses. You wouldn't know it, of course, because instead of giving ourselves and our talents to the world, instead of being responsible, we chose to act like complete dumbasses, letting fear, selfishness and physical pleasure get the best of us. At any rate, below is an old post about why it's so important to get addicts better, so don't say that all I do is abrasively rip us to shreds, 'cause that's only like 99% of the time ;)
GET AN ADDICT BETTER...
(From February 5th, 2013)
(From February 5th, 2013)
... and he or she can do incredible, amazing things.
Like the teenaged kid I know who overdosed from shooting heroin and was pretty much dead until he was shot up with two loads of Narcan, took Steps, recovered, asked me for a ride to make amends to a sporting goods franchise he stole from, made a slew of other frightening amends, started multiple groups and ended up managing a sober house, all while sponsoring several others.
Or the girl I know who took Steps, recovered, began speaking all over the place, sponsored countless other girls, and then went on to run a women's sober house while working another full time job. Just as strange is how happy, content and at peace she is. You would never know she was/is a drug addict.
Or the other guys I know who took Steps, recovered, and then went on to open up multiple sober houses after sponsoring piles and piles of other guys, all the while starting groups, running other groups, and working intensively with individual family members and parents.
[Or the relative of mine who recently gave himself wholeheartedly to this program, dedicated himself to his spiritual growth, recovered, and now he's getting a Masters of theology at the Harvard Divinity School.]
Don't selfish, lazy, deranged, piece of shit drugs addicts get sober only to hold on by a thread, frantically running from meeting to meeting, chain smoking butts and nursing iced coffees all day long? Don't they retain most, if not all of their personality flaws, still acting like defensive, jaded, victims? Wait, I thought we were all pretty much toast once we become chronic, hopeless addicts.
The truth is that many alcoholics and drug addicts are talented, ambitious, and potentially incredible people. Every drug addict who not only achieves physical sobriety but who recovers fully in his or her mind, heart and soul, can re-join the world and do amazing things. They can help countless others, or contribute in other untold ways. Recovered addicts can effect great change in this world simply because they are now glowing within and powered by the limitless strength and wisdom of GOD.
God, please help addicts who still suffer find their way to the Steps and to You...