Recovery: verb – The act of regaining or saving something; returning to an original state or a gradual healing.
Because September is National Recovery Month, I started to think about how recovery is a part of all of our lives. I don’t feel it applies strictly to people suffering from an addiction. Everyone I can think of is involved in a type of recovery.
Most residents in the Northeast are still trying to recover from the recent hurricane, Irene. I know personally I was without power for three days. Because I carry an iPhone on a mitten clip, I must admit, I was in the throes of cyber withdrawal. Sadly, many people lost their homes and everything they owned. I am truly grateful that my three properties were not severely damaged. There was a lot of flooding around them, but I was spared. When I drive around and see the uprooted trees, the signs of water penetration, personal furnishings on the street and people dragging more to the curb, I am filled with gratitude for my good fortune.
There are so many people caught suddenly in a financial downturn and trying to recover. Unexpectedly they lost their jobs and are trying to get new ones. Many are barely holding on. Can we extend a helping hand to aid in their recovery?
What about all the women who are trying to recover from failed marriages or relationships and are consumed with guilt and self-loathing? Maybe the housewife who yelled at her husband today is trying to recover from the harsh words that were spoken between them? Let’s not leave out the young couple who may have torn each other up in a fit of jealousy. It goes on and on.
Then we have the truest definition of people trying to heal from an addiction: the abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs is prevalent, especially in tough times. The age of the addict is becoming younger and younger.
So, you see, we are all touched by the act of recovery in some form. It is not exclusive to one individual group. During the month of September we should contemplate more about what it means to recover and then look around us to see who we can lend a hand to. There may be someone closer than you think.
Mal Duane is a certified Personal Life Coach with more than 23 years in recovery from alcoholism, who has overcome devastating life challenges using the steps in the Alpha Chick Process. Her personal mission is to help women excel in all areas of their lives from business to personal relationships and attract that which they most desire, as she has, through a connection to the divine power within. Her book Alpha Chick, Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power is coming in February 2012.
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