Love

The Healing Power of Love

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?' These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come”    -Henri Nouwen

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?' These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come”

-Henri Nouwen

To me, effective leadership requires independence, strength, creativity, optimism, passion, & commitment, and in my field, the driving force of LOVE. As the President of South Orange County Detox & Treatment my visionary leadership role is driven by my LOVE for helping people, specifically addicts who are struggling to find healing and purpose in their lives.  With the rising opiate epidemic, many people are stuck in the torturous cycle of addiction, while their families and loved ones are lost in a constant state of perpetual worry with limited answers to quench their thirst for solution. On this painful journey, I have sat with loved ones as they grieve the loss of their child, sibling, friend, and partner; brilliant and beautiful people lost in the depths of addiction too soon. I’m often asked why I do this job, investing so much into my work with clients when the losses are so painful? To that question, my answer is because of my LOVE for people and for the greater cause of fighting the battle of addiction. The benefits outweigh the grief and sorrow that I feel when a beautiful life is lost to this disease. The honor and reward comes from seeing people’s lives transform and loving every minute of it, despite the struggle. I have been fortunate enough to have helped many people find themselves, their higher power, their passions and vocations, and their sobriety, while rebuilding a connection to their families along the way. I get the pleasure of offering love, hope, and a future to those who are lost. God has divinely inspired this path and given me the ability to see the potential in others when they are unable to see it for themselves. I am grateful to be in this role and feel privileged that so many people have allowed me to privilege guide them out of darkness into the light.

I truly believe God has given every person the ability to LOVE with some form of greater purpose . On “Valentine’s Day”, the day dedicated to LOVE, I encourage you to find your purpose of LOVE and to give LOVE freely to another person. You may be surprised to see the powerful impact the one kind act of LOVE can have on another person’s life As Henri Nouwen so beautiful questioned,

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?' These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”

Commitment to Love

LOVE-RECOVERY WORD OF THE WEEK  SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY DETOX & TREATMENT-949-584-5927

LOVE-RECOVERY WORD OF THE WEEK

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Love is more than just a feeling. Love can be a vibe or atmosphere when around something or someone. It can be as simple as being content with my passion, or love with a significant other. The love I have for others isn’t about looks but who they are as a person. Being non-judgmental at first, taking the time to know and understand them. I find the inner beauty in others. Past or present, experiences, negative or positive, truly caring, loyal, honest, and compassionate for this significant other helped me fall in love over time, disregarding their appearance or past, only focusing on the present. Love isn’t something you want to rush into at first sight, this can be decieving, it takes time. Whether it’s a relationship or your passion, love is something you commit yourself to. Working through the difficult times and the outcome will be well worth it

Freedom is Love & To Love is Life

LOVE-RECOVERY WORD OF THE WEEK  SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY DETOX & TREATMENT-949-584-5927

LOVE-RECOVERY WORD OF THE WEEK

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For those of us addicts, who are clean & sober, we also celebrated the freedom from chemical dependency and addiction.  Addiction is an unexplainable phenomenon unlike any other. For the fortunate ones who don’t suffer from this disease, and who may not understand the imprisonment of being addicted to drugs and alcohol here’s a small glimpse of the bondage that addicts and alcoholics face.

Imagine a world where all logical and rational behaviors are nonexistent. Imagine a world with no God; with utter chaos and war. Imagine a world in where only our own selfishness to drink or use to ease our extinguishing discomfort exist. Imagine a word that is absent of love and free choice. Imagine a world where causing pain and suffering to the one’s we love the most, seems like the only option for temporary relief, physically and mentally. Imagine a world where there’s such despair, guilt and shame in a rapid and vicious cycle that feels hopeless and never ending.

For me, freedom is being able to open my eyes first thing in the morning giving thanks to my higher power for cutting loose the shackles that addiction has so heavily burdened upon my life. Freedom to me is enjoying meaningful relationships of those whom are close. Freedom to me are continual acts of selfishness and grace. Freedom to me is hope in a better tomorrow. Freedom is Love, and To Love is Life.

Showing Love through Action

LOVE-RECOVERY WORD OF THE WEEK  SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY DETOX & TREATMENT-949-584-5927

LOVE-RECOVERY WORD OF THE WEEK

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Love is something that is felt but also something that is shown through action. To show that you love someone is to do things for them that show you care for them and your grateful for them. Doing things for them shows that you care. But something just as simple as telling them or expressing how you feel, can make a major impact. Throughout my life I never felt love or acceptance, and if I did it was normally from a false idea of love or an idealized version. Being sober gives me the chance to truly discover who I am, and learn to love myself so that I can give and show love to other people, by showing the people I love that I care and appreciate them.

Love- Word of the Week

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     In the misery of addiction, I told myself “I don’t deserve love”. “I’m not worthy of love”. “I’ll never be happy”. You see, I thought that love had to be earned. I convinced myself that I had to be worthy of it or deserving of it, and so my happiness was tied to this belief.  My self-satisfaction came from my ability to earn love. I told myself I was not deserving of love, therefore I wasn't deserving of happiness. Despite my efforts, I could never "earn" or experience the love that I so deeply desired.

    I know today that love isn't earned, It’s given. In Sobriety, through my new pair of eyes, I can see that I, myself, made it hard to see love. Maybe my dad didn’t know how to say it, but it was there. Maybe my mom was shouting it, but my own demons were too loud for me to hear. I was blind to love because I had lost the love for myself. Who was I before life started to happen? Who was I before I began to live in this drug filled illusion? As a kid, I just remember feeling, It was something that just flowed. It was the times of jumping on the bed laughing or when I would play catch with my mom or dad with the baseball.  Love wasn’t discovering anything or anyone else, it was all about discovery ME. Once I discovered my true self in sobriety, I discovered love. It was then that I realized the very thing that I desired was something I have the ability to give to others. 

     Now, I am able to experience love, because I have it in me. I give it to strangers, I give it to friends who are still struggling with addiction, I give it to others in pain; to enemies, to those who left me, those who couldn’t stay, and to those who’ve forgotten how to find it. Love was always there.. Love is in all of us...When we are able to discover love, we become what we are meant to be, together.

Love at South Orange County Detox and Treatment

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When I was young love was a foreign word to me. Although my parents would shelter, feed, and take care of me, there was a lack of love. I thought this was a normal thing to be happening at this age. I soon realized how other children were not experiencing this. And this would trigger anger and rage. I grew up fighting, arguing, and rebelling which turned me into a negative mess.

     Fast forwarding I turned into a gang member and a violent criminal. Spending time in and out of jail, getting into unhealthy relationships and surrounding myself with very negative people. I was doing very badly with my life until I checked myself into South Orange County Detox and Treatment (SOCD) and met the Program Director, Salina Shuler.  She taught me tolerance, patience, loyalty, trust, and LOVE. I have never experienced that and since being shown these things, I’ve completely turned my outlook on life around. SOCD is teaching me how to be an honest man and move forward with positivity. I am forever grateful for South Orange County Detox & Treatment.

Unconditional Love

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Connection with AffectionFriendship,Loving perfect imperfectionsNever preying on insecuritiesAlways betteringPushing each otherAppreciationHonesty in loyaltyEmotionally patient & flexibleUnderstanding weaknessesRelaxing with guards downEnjoying each other’s presenceConnectingJust the way you areUnderstanding of where you came from and whyFinding love with flawsAlways staying by your side

Authentic Love

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Love is more than just a feeling. Love can be a vibe or atmosphere when around something or someone. It can be as simple as being content with my passion, or love with a significant other. The love I have for others isn’t about looks but who they are as a person. Being non-judgmental at first, taking the time to know and understand them. I find the inner beauty in others. Past or present, experiences, negative or positive, truly caring, loyal, honest, and compassionate for this significant other helped me fall in love over time, disregarding their appearance or past, only focusing on the present. Love isn’t something you want to rush into at first sight, this can be decieving, it takes time. Whether it’s a relationship or your passion, love is something you commit yourself to. Working through the difficult times and the outcome will be well worth it

Finding Lost Love in Recovery

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One of the biggest and desired feelings that start to fade and come distorted in my addiction is love. My love for the outdoors, love of the people in my life and most importantly the love I have for myself. To me, love is being completely unselfish and doing whatever is best for that of which you love, no matter what. In addiction I have been so self-centered and closed off that love is very rare in my life. I’ve been given time to contemplate and discover new things about myself and people in my life, in many different ways. One of the most impactful being one of our weekly groups at SOCD. We express what we feel through things such as poems or drawings and paintings. Then get feedback on what our conscious or inner self is really trying to say. Salina is always amazing at helping you push yourself and finding what underlying feelings/meanings there are with everyone. All that is provided here, is helping me rediscover what I have lost over the years and yearn for love

Love Redefined

Love has been a misnomer in my life because I have never truly known what love is. I always thought that families inherently love each other or that if I am physically intimate with someone than there must be love. But this isn’t true nor healthy. I’m more aware of how love is shown through action, emotional connection, communication and an overall sense of being selfless and honest with one’s self and with each other.

Love has been a misnomer in my life because I have never truly known what love is. I always thought that families inherently love each other or that if I am physically intimate with someone than there must be love. But this isn’t true nor healthy. I’m more aware of how love is shown through action, emotional connection, communication and an overall sense of being selfless and honest with one’s self and with each other.

Getting sober and working on my recovery has given me an idea of what love is, how to show it and all the great things that can be developed as a result. Being here at SOCD, and with Salinas guidance and effort, I have been able to explore how love and the lack of it, has affected my life and my relationships. Love has been a misnomer in my life because I have never truly known what love is. I always thought that families inherently love each other or that if I am physically intimate with someone than there must be love. But this isn’t true nor healthy. I’m more aware of how love is shown through action, emotional connection, communication and an overall sense of being selfless and honest with one’s self and with each other. I know that I am not capable of truly loving anyone until I can love and treat myself better. If I can’t maintain emotional, mental, physical, or financial stability then how can I expect to be a stable partner, son, brother, or friend? Thanks, in large part, to this program and Salina, am I able to slowly start attaining a level of stability, self-worth and serenity in order to show myself the love I deserve. Only then will I be able to show true love to others and to develop healthier relationships without any ulterior motives or selfishness.