Addiction Recovery Blog

Knowing Your Full Value

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 14, 2012 / by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina

Whitney Houston most likely never appreciated her own full value.

She shares that view with nearly everyone afflicted with addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Just because someone experiences high commercial or celebrity value in society doesn’t mean they feel that validation in their soul.

Seven out of ten people drink safely, or don’t use mood changers at all. The rest tend to mix up the messages we tell ourselves. That’s why addiction is called a brain disease.

Heavy drinking and drugging too often reinforces the belief that we are “less than,” in spite of obvious and significant achievements. And our less than accepted social behavior simply confirms our inner most convictions of worthlessness.

Lectures on behavior or reminders of commercial success miss the point. Help someone in need today by affirming his or her value as a fully entitled member of the human race.

It really is true that “love is the answer.”

People who have successfully navigated the path from addition to stable recovery can best deliver the message of value to the person in pain. That’s why Aquila Recovery Clinic and other evidence-based treatment facilities use Recovery Coaches – peer-to-peer relationships that help individuals refocus their thinking and find their core value.

Tell someone today how valuable they are. Everyone needs an affirmation from time to time.

Russ Kallina

Written by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina is Aquila Recovery of Virginia's Program Director of Operations.

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