In recovery it is essential to stay on the path, stay the course. Once strayed, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a way back. Our “Big Book” outlines simple instructions to be followed and has built in areas for mistakes. Staying on the path does not mean living flawlessly, it means understanding it is OK to make mistakes and humble enough to admit those mistakes, make things right and be willing to learn from them. It means teaching the next guy up to do the same thing. IT’S OK to be a work in progress.
At Lakewood, we teach our residents to look at problems as growth opportunities. After all, how do we grow if we don't look inward at the areas that bother us. Instead of sweeping problems under the rug, we look at problems as opportunities -- opportunities to turn our weaknesses into our biggest assets.
It’s important to remember that the journey never ends, arrival never comes. Arrival is but an ideal, not an ending.
- Zachary Rakusin