IF YOU HAVE LONG-TERM RECOVERY, IS THIS FAMILIAR?
Even though your recovery is strong and solid, new, unexpected issues and challenges have come up:
- mild depression
- a sense of something missing – something important to your growth and fulfillment.
And you’ve been feeling a progressive loss of:
Maybe you have brought this up in your recovery group or with your network of support, and have been told to “get back to basics,” “work this or that step,” “write a gratitude list,” or “get your head straight.” This advice SOUNDS right, but somehow it doesn’t FEEL right. You say to yourself, “There must be something more.” Well, you’re right, there is!
Experiencing any of these concerns in recovery is often a sign that you have grown and evolved beyond the ways your traditional support system is designed to help you! This is what recovery coaching is for!
It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing anything wrong, or that you’ve gotten complacent or are heading for a relapse. You may need a different perspective or a fresh approach for what you are capable of in recovery. The most important question to ask yourself now is, “What would be the cost to my recovery, my well-being and my life if I don’t do something about this now?”
When I was about twelve years into recovery, I was faced with this head-on. My marriage had ended and I was in a deeply dissatisfying career. I was at an important crossroads: do I follow the calling in my soul and pursue my dreams, or do I do what I know and what is comfortable and familiar? I can tell you, as can countless others, that when you don’t follow your soul you feel a deep emptiness. And that can lead to relapse if you seek easy, addictive ways to fill or to escape or numb its pain or discomfort. I mastered the practice of recovery coaching to help people like yourself – people like me – to get out and stay out of that rut.
You are among those of us who entered recovery not just to stop an old way of life, but to create a new way of life – a fuller, richer, more inspired life that makes a difference beyond just yourself. You are learning to uncover your dreams, desires, and drives toward what you can accomplish in recovery. You are seeking to develop your full potential in every area of life that has meaning and value to you, such as your:
- financial prosperity
- community involvement
- personal development
Here’s some of what people say about the principles and practices of Living the Soul of Recovery:
• Steve M., Entrepreneur: “This work is like Bill W. meets Napolean Hill! A clear, practical strategy that is also spiritual. It really turned me around.”
• Jennifer H., Marketing: “After starting to feel like a failure at life, I found my self-confidence and courage with this process. I feel alive, my stress is all but gone, and my marriage even got better! I don’t think you have to be in recovery to get something out of this.”
• Michael D., Executive: “I have a whole new perspective on what recovery really means. I’m back to living the life I got sober for. Everyone who’s been around for awhile but is having a hard time should do this.”
• Beth T., Medical Professional: “[Living the] Soul of Recovery was the first thing I’ve tried that finally helped me get off the merry-go-round of switching from one new disastrous habit to another. Now I know I was just replacing addictions, and you helped me get me out of that loop.”