Tips From Dr. Bill W.
During my stint in rehab, I missed my wife and family. While I knew they would be there for me when I returned, I wasn’t sure that the same would apply to my career. By the grace of God, it did. Many of us aren’t so fortunate, with our families or with our careers, but my experience with this program has convinced me that “doing the next right thing” will allow other doors to open, in my opinion through divine intervention. Maintaining an active recovery (not just compliance) will change (improve) you as a person and, thus, create opportunities that might otherwise never materialize. I have witnessed such career and family recoveries time and again. Please, do not ever give up on yourself!
My best friend while in treatment had just returned to rehab after spending a sober year in prison. An attorney, he voluntarily decided to get clean and sober after a parallel career of drug and alcohol abuse, but not until after getting discovered by the authorities. The very day he “coined out” of rehab, he was arrested.
I only met him because the wonderfully caring physician who ran my rehab center asked my friend, still clean and sober after his prison release, to return to the center to decide his next move. Just a few years later, my very best friend is now running the professionals program at a nationally renowned treatment center.
My point is that a professional who is afflicted with drug/alcohol abuse, even if faced with loss of his/her prior occupation and/or family, with some patience and dedication, can still succeed, even excel. My brief example above is only one of many I have personally witnessed, and each one has further solidified my faith in the program. Even my own career, while not entirely lost from my addiction, has blossomed as a direct result of my recovery efforts.
Remember that your recovery should be your first priority in life, even before family and career, because, without it, you may not keep the others.
My other point is that friends you make in recovery, both during rehab and after, just might become your very best friends. Individuals who share life-changing experiences together often form very special and lasting bonds, much like young men and women serving in our military. I encourage you to reach out to others you meet in recovery. You won’t be sorry.