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“Ok, I’m Cured.  So when do I start feeling better?  Life After Recreate Counseling Rehab.”

I got it this time and thanks for all the certificates

So you’ve just finished outpatient treatment at Recreate Counseling Rehab and you’re eager to start over again.  You’re feeling optimistic for once, after so many years of hopelessness and chaos.  You’re clean now, off the pills for a couple months and equipped with all the tools you need to keep it going forever.  

Life is good for a while, the new job, back to school part time, all that.  You just needed a little reboot, like a laptop that works just fine again after a power cycle.  Thanks for the update, you say to the folks you loved at Recreate Counseling Rehab, but that was another life, a version of me that doesn’t exist now.  And off you go on your own, into all the pretty sunsets that the boyfriend coming back and better credit brings.  

Then the worst possible crisis happens – absolutely nothing.  Nothing happens but everyday life and you hate it for being so average.  You’re bored, restless, out of your mind with worry that this is all life has for you. Wait, you say, what did Recreate Counseling Rehab tell me to do when this happens?  Something about staying connected, but you don’t remember what that means now.  All you can remember is how the dope felt sometimes.  

Connected Huh?

But then you do remember.  You remember one thing they said at Recreate Counseling Rehab, and that’s to take action.  They said it a million times, until you got sick of it.  It’s not much, this vague thing they said about action, but it’s enough to take you back from the edge.  You even smile a little bit, thinking how sweet and goofy they all were.  

Then you finally get started, on faith mostly, trusting what they told you at Recreate Counseling Rehab.  You follow through on what they set up for you, the contacts, the resources, all the appointments you missed.  You start going to meetings, listening to what they say like your life depended on it.  You get a phone list and a sponsor, walk through some of the fears and the awkwardness.  

Making the appointments helps.  They continue what Recreate Counseling Rehab  started, the coping skills and the unmaking of trauma.  Maybe you get your prescriptions filled, another act of faith and staying teachable.  You go to Alumni Events and one day you find out somebody needs you there, to walk them back from the same edge where you were standing.  You watch them grow and suddenly their peace is more important than yours.  You’re different now.  You’re connected.  Tomorrow, you get to do it again.   

Recreate Life Counseling

“Science vs Spirituality?  No, Science AND Spirituality”

Recreate Life Counseling — So while I was doing my research last week, looking for something topical that fit the spirit of what the fine folks at Recreate Life Counseling do for addicts and alcoholics every day, I found an article about a drug that apparently DESTROYS the euphoric memories associated with cocaine use.  It’s only been used on mice so far, at least in this capacity, but it’s actually a cancer treatment drug that humans have used safely for years.  It’s neuroscience stuff, and therefore really complicated, but the upshot is this:  it’s a drug that shows great promise in eliminating the terrible cravings that make early recovery from the use of cocaine and other drugs.  More importantly though, at least for our purposes, is how this experiment points to an unnecessary tension between the findings of science and the spiritual approach to recovery so often emphasized in support and treatment centers.  It’s a minefield that counselors at Recreate Life Counseling negotiate constantly, so I wanted to expound on this a bit.

It’s something you encounter all the time, even at Recreate Life Counseling, scientifically minded folks and people who emphasize spirituality and connectedness eyeballing one another suspiciously across the table, as though they were different teams trying to win a game that doesn’t exist.  The Science vs Spirituality game doesn’t exist because there’s nothing to contest, nothing to fight about.  Science vs Spirituality is a made up distinction, what fancy philosopher types call a false binary.  There’s just one team, folks.  And the only way to win is to reduce the terrible suffering and social costs of active addiction.  Recreate Life Counseling understands this implicitly, and offers the best of both worlds in their therapeutic models, but for some reason the wider world doesn’t get this yet and the phony debate rages on.  

Look, I don’t know much.  But I can read and I can be open minded when staying all sewn up starts to hurt too much.  And everything I’ve read and seen tells me this:  that science and spirituality end up doing remarkably similar things and need each other more than they realize.  If I go to Recreate Life Counseling for my cocaine addiction, they’re not just going to give me a pill that eliminates my craving for drugs and send me on my way.  If they did, I’d be back in a month with brand new cravings from all the coke I snorted while I was away.  That’s because I don’t know to live!  I don’t know how to connect or treat people.  That’s where the emphasis on spirituality at Recreate Life Counseling comes in – it teaches me what I don’t know.  And the reverse holds true as well.  If there’s a chemical solution to my chemical part of my disease, I want you to give to me!  

So what we need is humility, true humility and an honest desire to solve the problem.  And both these traits tell me that I don’t have all the answers.  They tell me that Science vs Spirituality is a false debate.  And they tell me that what the world needs is to  heal, not ague.