This is one of the words most of us never want to hear. It strikes fear in the hearts of the families and friends of the one who does, but for some reason the addict tends to experience more than one, and in fact in our meeting last night one man said he had 18. Cunning and baffling, you better believe it!
Jen did an awesome job in that same meeting on her topic "Burn The Ships" as Overdose had hit her hard last Friday. A friend with a year clean got lonely, called an old boyfriend and the next thing that happened was an Overdose. Gone and revived after 12 minutes but in the hospital on oxygen. She is fortunate to be alive.
Unfortunately most of us who lived through the addiction process needed more than one close encounter with death. Primarily it is due to what Jen spoke about, we neglected to put the past behind us, burn the phone numbers of our predatory friends and ex's, drug dealers etc. etc. etc. And we didn't work through the pain of letting go of anger, hurt, resentments, forgiveness, low self worth, etc. etc. etc.
When we do this recovery is simple, move forward with a clean slate, no turning back, but also move forward with THE God who can work with you to change. If not, if left to our own devices, that loneliness, that unforgiveness, those old numbers we kept around just in case, all come back to haunt us and destroy our chances to succeed. We cannot just go through the motions. we need to follow the one who can put a new sober life into motion.
Recovery is simple, you want it, you can have it. You want him, no not him, HIM, HE will take you beyond where you have ever been to be what you were always meant to be. Then you can find the him's and her's you need to keep you on the right path.
And burn that word Overdose along with the rest of the %$#@ that blocks your recovery!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.