What started one way, ended another

from Google

from Google

We often start reaching for our drug of choice for one reason. To:

 Numb

Avoid

Because we’re bored

Then it can become a habit. 

Then an obsession.

Then for some of us, it becomes an addiction.

What started as, “I need to get high so I can release some stress” or “I need to get high so I can avoid these feelings” has now become “I need to get high because I don’t know how to manage my stress or these emotions unless I am high…or in the pursuit of my high.”

No matter what that drug of choice is:

Alcohol

Drugs

Prescription medication

Pornography

Erotica

Shopping

Gambling

Eating

It can morph from molehills into mountains. The cool thing is, when we start taking those steps towards sobriety, we find we don’t need to reach for something to numb, avoid, escape, or manage.

Instead, we find healthier things to reach for:

from Google

from Google

Our walking shoes

A yoga mat

A higher power

Meditation

Writing/Journaling

Gardening

Sewing

Relaxing in a hot tub (without the heat like I do)

 Before we know it…the mountains we see, are the ones we are climbing to get to the top.

 Why Climb?” by René Daumal, in “Mount Analogue.”

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above.

One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”

Why work so hard? Why give so much? Why pursue such lofty dreams [recovery]? Why sacrifice so much for family or community? To the person who has seen the view from higher up, there is no question as to why.

We keep suiting up, so we can keep showing up prepared to fight!

 What’s your favorite healthy past time? Have you had to climb a mountain?