We all have to display an immense amount of courage and resilience to make it through the current times. The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. There is bad news everywhere we turn. Unemployment is rising fast. There is illness, death, and suffering throughout the world.
We don’t know what our new normal will look like. We don’t know who to trust. Conflicting messages are conveyed each and every day. It’s a difficult and painful time in the history of the world. It is understandable to feel fearful and discouraged. We don’t know who to believe or what to think anymore. It can be astounding and frightening.
What Can We Control Now?
Many people are feeling a tremendous lack of control in their own lives — control over our environments, our health, other people actions, decisions being made, etc. But there is another way to look at things. One thing that we do have control over is our thought-driven actions. This was true before the pandemic, is true now, and will be true in our new normal, too. I see courage and resilience as interconnected.
Courage is defined as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Resilience is an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
Courage is taking the chance, making the choice; whereas resilience is seeing it through.
Choosing Sobriety is Courageous
For those with addictions who want to recover, who have tried, and who want to try again, making the choice to recover would take incredible courage right now. But it always takes immense courage. The pandemic doesn’t change that.
Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a decision.”
Why not turn your fears into courage and make the decision to undergo a program of recovery? Why not make this horrendous time count? Invest in yourself, your family and your future. Believe and love yourself. Choose not to be driven by fear but by courage.
Statistics Are On Your Side
Recovery is possible for everyone. We see people making the choice each and every day. Our dedicated staff at the Coleman Addiction Medicine can safely and effectively help you detox from opiates or alcohol. 98% of patients that walk through our doors (or detox via telehealth) have taken this step and detoxed successfully. Pretty awesome statistics during a time where nothing is certain.
The first act of courage is asking for help. Our program is unique in that it is an outpatient program especially well suited for these times. We will help you dig deep and find the courage and resilience to consider making this challenging time count. Nothing would make us happier than to see you come out of this pandemic at the other end involved and committed to your own recovery. The pandemic can’t take that away from you.
Deborah Reich, MD