The Power of Addiction

“12 GIF’s That Show the Power of Addiction”

In reviewing the 12 GIF’s that Show the Power of Addiction, it made me start thinking about how fortunate I am to be living in the shoes of a recovering alcoholic.  More importantly, it reminded me that my addiction is always there and waiting to reenter my life.  I am thankful to be in recovery and it is something that I work at everyday.  I wouldn’t refer to it as a battle or a challenge everyday, because it is not for me as I am 4 years into my recovery.  Some days are harder then others and I will always be faced with that adversity.  I do know that the Demon of Addiction is always sitting there and waiting for recovering alcoholics / addicts to join his family again and I know today, that is not going to happen.  

To be honest, I am not sure what my life would look like without addiction and bipolar in it.  I know I would not be the person I am today with the strength and courage I have to speak up about being proud to be a recovering alcoholic.  In no way do I wear my alcoholism or bipolar disorder as a badge of honor, but it does assist me in my motivation to continue to achieve as a father, husband, son, brother, teacher, coach, friend, etc.  I have lived the life of being put in jail, having blood pressure so high I have had to be hospitalized with severe nose bleeds because the pressure in my head was too high or when I had to be hospitalized for a concussion from being drunk and falling into a pit. I have scars all over my body and spirit from living in the hell of addiction, but those scars help point me down the road of Recovery.  

Today, I am thankful to be sober and in active recovery.  I am also thankful for the two treatment centers I have been to. my psychiatrist I see that provides me the proper treatment for my bipolar disorder and the blogs I have read about people making the choice to join a life of recovery one day at a time.  I am so proud of the individuals that have posted their stories about being sober or in recovery for a day to thirty days.  It is a blessing that others in the world are seeing the light of sobriety and how the recovery community is always there to support each other and newcomers.  I have done online AA Meetings and after reading some of these inspirational stories, I may go join an AA meeting in person to continue to strengthen my recovery and possibly help another person in recovery. 

What are you thankful for Today?

6 thoughts on “The Power of Addiction

  1. Your strength and honesty in overcoming your personal struggles in life are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story, I hope that you inspire others to do the same and that the stigma for such disorders will fade away. I am currently studying for my Master’s in Addiction Sciences and I am thankful to be part of such an innovative part of the scientific community at such a revolutionary time. I enjoy your blog very much, and will definitely refer back to it during my time studying and in my future career path.

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    • Thank you so much for the heartfelt response! When I read things like this, it inspires me to keep writing and sharing my journey! I wish you blessings on your journey to receive your Master’s in Addiction Sciences and I am so thankful that another person in this world is following their dreams to help others! Have a Blessed and Wonderful Day! 🙂 Mark

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  2. I am thankful, much like you are regarding the experience of addiction and all its harshness, for having made it through the throes of Domestic Abuse. I am thankful everyday that I made it without becoming addicted to anything, and I am thankful that I made it with my eyes open, my mouth shut, my hopes, dreams and intentions alive and well but hidden and buried, because I was afraid to allow in the light that is the Love that is Universal. Being someone’s victim is not something that we ask for, much as it could be said the same in terms of addiction and being stricken with that ailment, and, in kind, just like being struck with these maladies, and much as an addict, as you have very dearly and in the most understandable way written about, one must choose to survive as much as one must choose to be in recovery. In a sense, and at least when I think about it, either way, one must muster the will to survive.

    No one asks to be sick, just like no one asks to be victimized. We are given ailment. We must earn recovery just like we must earn survival.

    Aloha… ROX


    • It feels great to be thankful and grateful for recovery and I am so blessed you shared your response with me. I am so happy that you are in such a great place in your recovery and am very proud of you by reading your response to this.
      You are correct… No one asks to be sick or victimized, but accepting the cards that were dealt, and being a survivor with a life filled with happiness and bliss is key. Earning recovery has been a blessing and I am so blessed to hear that you have found it as well. There is definitely an army out there of survivors. Have a Wonderful Day! 🙂 Mark

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  3. I am thankful for my new life. A life in recovery. I am grateful that I made it out of the depths of my personal hell to be able to share my experiences with others in the hopes that I can reach out and help another up.

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