The thought of helping another human being is almost a foreign concept by the time most of us make it to treatment. I watch the majority of our clients walk through our doors full of fear with no interest in anything beyond themselves and their comfort. The blessing for us, as treatment professionals, is the opportunity to witness God’s power of transformation.
We often speak of the joy we experience in seeing the light come on in another addict’s eyes. It will make anyone smile, but it falls short of watching a person discover that they can be useful. This experience will bring a tear to your eye. It’s the moment when I know that this man or woman has a shot. “Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon the constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs” (Big Book page 29). I can’t tell you how many times I have walked through our Cantina to find a client, who I questioned if he could ever get sober, helping another client with his step work. My eyes well up with tears, and in that moment, there is absolutely zero doubt in the power of God.
These are the men and women, who have found the solution. They typically stay sober, and go on to be powerful alumni. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey!
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