In honor of National Recovery Month, here’s a story from today’s guest-blogger and Miracle Clubhouse Member, Reginald. Enjoy!
In my experience so far, I have encountered various bumps in the road or what some people call potential “blockers” or walls on the road of life. Although I still have many potential “blockers” to get past, I have gotten through some. I feel the only way I have done that is by first realizing the issue that I’m trying to recover from in fact does exist. Then I try to understand how and why it affects me. Next, I find what I feel is the most logical way for me to remove the issue from my environment (this sometimes means removing myself from certain environments or people). Next, I find something or someone to replace the void with or a new outlet (someone or something more healthy and positive), and I look for my next issue to tackle.
Now what recovery means to me-
To me, recovery means to be in the process of leaving behind something or maybe even someone harmful to me. It means having a plan while still understanding that no matter how much progress I feel I make, I remind myself I may never be fully cured but that I must continually take steps to maintain my progress, like exercise. So, to me, recovery is a process to be worked on, on a regular basis, and recalculated when I feel that results are not what I would like them to be. In closing, when working hard on recovery and feeling like it works, recovery is rejuvenating!
- Reginald, Miracle Clubhouse Member