Destination Joy: Moving Beyond Fear. Loss, and Trauma in by Earnie Larsen

By Earnie Larsen

With vacation spot pleasure, best-loved writer Earnie Larsen presents pleasant and specialist roadside assistance to weary tourists on recovery's course. even if you have got hit a disadvantage on your restoration from habit, you are experiencing periodic relapse, or you are easily eager for whatever extra, here's a precise and likely consultant to residing extra abundantly in restoration. In sharing many various tales of convalescing humans and some of the paths they've got taken, Larsen explores methods you could carry higher love, recognition, and belonging into your lifestyles.

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The fifth floor is the cancer unit. Let’s say there is some poor man up there suffering terribly from bone cancer, and he is given morphine for his pain. Take the morphine away, and what does he have? ” His example made it quite clear that, at some point, the recovering person must learn to deal with the pain in his or her life. After all, this pain was there before the alcohol. In fact, this pain has increased during the years of use. You can bet that the pain will return with a vengeance after sobriety is won, which means when the medication has worn off.

We know what it means to be found. Many of us can tell you the day, month, year, and sometimes even the hour and minute when we heard that Voice. We know by experience that touch of the divine picking us up. How much is that lesson worth? If you’ve been there, you know: There is no such thing as being hopeless or beyond recall because we were too far gone to be saved. Yet here we are. Imperfect, to be sure. Full of faults and defects and perhaps with a haunted house for a head. But here we are.

When the cameras left, so did the crowd, except for one man. He remained standing on the corner with his soggy sign and drenched candle. A fellow protester hurrying by said, “Come on. The protest is over. Let’s get out of the rain. ” The lone warrior said, “I’m not here to change them. ” This man knew who he was. He knew what he was about and acted from an inner conviction. This same attitude defines those of us who work our program: The point is not just to belong or to have a place to go, but to have an inner commitment to follow, in a searching and fearless manner, where the Voice that brought us to the program in the first place now urges us to go.

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