... 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 and started speaking all
over the place, began sponsoring countless other girls and 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
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
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