Let Them Walk Free

Let Them Walk Free 

I tell every man that walks through the doors of Lakewood Recovery that at the end of the day our biggest goal is to get them to a point where they can walk free men. They can go anywhere and do anything, and the drink / drug problem is gone. As a recovered man, I know this goal is attainable if I’m willing to do some work on myself. 

 It wasn’t till I made the connection that the drugs and alcohol were not the problem, that the problem was actually myself, that I could make a start. The good news, as I was told, is that you don’t have to be a victim anymore. The problem was me, and that is the only thing in the entire universe that I can control. 

I realized that I was, and still am, a sensitive man. I have a feelings problem, and a thinking problem. I carried around this metaphorical burden on my shoulders. Things that happened to me when I was a child, shame and guilt over depths that my addiction had taken me to. Inferiority watching my friends progress in life, the list goes on and on. Ekhart Tolle likes to call this the pain body. I was drowning in my addiction year after year.

It wasn’t until I hit an emotional bottom, where misery and willingness intersected and hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t know what to do. I entered a sober living and started a program of recovery. I personally use a program that is rooted in a higher power, however there are many solutions out there. The biggest thing, and this is just my opinion, is that we get into action. Whatever program you choose, whether it be, AA, NA, CA, Smart Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, etc., I had to actually start doing something about the pain body I was carrying around. 

Therapy, meetings, sponsorship, sober living all were essential to me while I began my new journey and learned the new habits of a sober man. I still do all these things! Life happens and it is not always sweet, but I have been giving tools that I picked up throughout my journey in recovery, that I have put into action. Repitition sharpens these tools. It brings about mindfulness to know when I am having a feeling and when I need to talk to someone else about it and put together a plan of action to deal with things. 

The only thing worse than drinking or using is trying not to drink or use at the beginning stages of sobriety.  If you can understand that then you are in the right place. At Lakewood Recovery we have created an amazing place for men to start their personal journey to sobriety. All of our staff members have been their before and we all get it! Our goal is to get our guys to walk free. The problem doesn’t exist anymore. How do we get there? Program of recovery (whichever solution they gravitate towards most), therapy, accountability, repetition.

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Zach Rakusin

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