Dear New Comers: A Letter From Someone Who's Been There

 

Dear New Comers,

    Today you have a choice; you can either start living or continue existing. Where you are sitting right now, I have been there.  Recovery is an amazing thing; you can either open up and accept this gift, or you can continue to be imprisoned by addiction.  It does get tough, but with recovery you learn to be open and honest so you can process through these rough times.  

    Coming in, I know that some people do not want to be here, and some think that there is no reason for it.  I suggest that you keep an open mind and really try to work recovery, because if you work it, you will see the progress.  You could continue on the path you are on, but I want you to look at where it has gotten you thus far.  

    Think about it this way, why couldn’t you stop using if you didn’t have a problem? All the times you knew you should have stopped but you didn’t, why?  You should not come in here hating everyone who tries to help you, open up and talk about things!   Don’t just “do time!”  Instead of counting how many days you’ve been here, count the days that you have been clean!  

    You can try and blame everyone else for the reasons that you are here, or you can be real and accept that this is where you have gotten yourself.  Do you feel like you’ve been accomplishing things while you have been using?  Have you truly been living, or have you just been existing in addiction?  Quit hiding from your problems, if you deal with them you will feel so much better, I know because I did it.  I work my recovery and I see the results, and so will you, if you decide to open up and let recovery in!  Life is such a beautiful thing, why waste it in the passenger seat while your addiction drives? 

Sincerely,
Someone Who’s Been There


This letter is written by a former residential client, passing on words of advice for those just coming into Wedgwood's care and starting on their road to recovery.

If you or someone in your life are ready to start living a life free of addiction, Wedgwood can help.
Contact Wedgwood's Bouma Counseling Center at (616) 942-7294


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