Stories of Drug Addiction Recovery
The human touch, the human connection is so vital to recovery. In a recent spirituality group, we were discussing “Step 3” and in the context of that discussion, people shared their stories about having a spiritual experience.
“Bill” is a firefighter and told of a horrifying, yet amazingly spiritual experience he had on the job. His team was called to a house fire, one of those you hear about when the home is completely engulfed in flames, with intense heat and smoke.
He was trapped in the house, and as he recalled his experience, he paused and looked at the group and said, “I was gone.” He knew he was going to die in the fire, but somebody was looking out for him that day and his buddies got him out of the burning house. “Now THAT was a spiritual experience,” he said.
“Betty” had all but lost touch with anything resembling a spiritual experience. She had been drinking for years so any sense of the spiritual was washed away with alcohol. But there was something she enjoyed—gardening.
She shared with the group about her digging and planting, working the flower beds and delighting in seeing her plants grow. She was reluctant at first to even share this, because how can digging in the dirt on your hands and knees be spiritual?
But as she spoke, we could all see the light in her eyes. Gardening was very meaningful for her and she began to get in touch with her experience. “I pretty much lost any hope of a spiritual experience, but this (group session) has given it back to me,” she said after the session was over. It was an important moment for her.
“Kenny” has been in and out of rehab several times. However, a recent experience had a major impact on him. He met a man at a half-way house. The man had violated his parole by staying out late and using cocaine. He came back to the house, but was locked out, so he curled up in the bushes and went to sleep. Kenny discovered him and got him inside. Knowing the consequences of the man’s actions, Kenny began to pray that his friend be given another chance. Upon learning of the event, the man’s parole officer extended grace to him and let the incident slide. “That really woke me up,” said Kenny, “and I realized that I needed to be back in rehab. I came here right away. God answered my prayer. I can trust him.”
“Sarah” found courage to share after hearing the others. She had experienced a moment of connection while listening to a recording artist at a concert. As the performer sang, she inched her way forward and got good, eyeball-to-eyeball contact with the singer. “That was meaningful for me,” she said. Sarah and the singer had that moment of human connection, as if he was singing the song for her alone. Moments like that bolster and reinforce personal value. They move the spirit. They take us to places we otherwise would not go. Looking back and recalling the moment, she understood its value. She made a connection.
What is a spiritual experience? It’s a moment of meaningful connection, enhancing self awareness. We experience these moments differently, but the significance lies in the connection.
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How to stop smoking pot?
How can I ever stop from smoking marijuana? I use to play baseball high
and got scouted by the Phillies when I was seventeen, it's been 45
years and still smoking listening to old Beatles' songs.
I believe if I begin to exercise and perhaps pursue a career I might have a chance and stay close to my daughters who are an inspiration to me, please give some advice,
Thank - you.
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by: Ned Wicker
There are many out there that will say without hesitation that you cannot possibly be addicted to marijuana. I think it is obvious you have developed a substance use disorder and you need some help to stop smoking.
It is possible to play baseball while high, and I know of major league players who have played under the influence of cocaine and other drugs. Some players became legends for their drinking and playing while hung over, so it is possible to function, yet still struggle every day.
I really believe a 12 Step program would help you to stop, especially since you already want to stop and you seem motivated. This means going to meetings and being with people like you, who struggle the same way and who also want to stop smoking.
A lot of people focus on the quitting part and they keep telling themselves “I want to quit, I want to quit.” There’s a lot of pressure there. A friend of mine suggested instead of quitting, try this -- just don’t start again.
On the surface that sounds stupid, but there’s logic to it. It’s taking ownership of the next thing you want to do, rather than concerning yourself with all of the things you have already done.
I also recall a few years ago watching the top tobacco industry executives one-by-one lying to Congress about how they don’t believe nicotine was addictive. Tell that to the millions of people who died of lung cancer.
The marijuana out there today is potent, and you might have to be patient with yourself. But it’s worth it. The old Beatles records are fine, and I still listen to those tunes from the 1960’s.