Beauty-Recovery Word of the Week


It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, this statement can be problematic with respect to those suffering from addiction. Anyone who has been in the throes of their disease can attest to the fact that there is no beauty seen, heard, or experienced, anywhere. When we are out there running amuck, throwing caution to the wind, and wreaking complete havoc in our lives and in the lives of those who love us, we are completely devoid of any legitimate splendor, ecstasy, and beauty. One of the foundations of our vision here at South Orange County Detox & Treatment (SOCD)  is to restore the beauty of life that is within any individual’s reach to grasp. This, however, is not a quick and easy process and requires more work than merely picking flowers by the wayside. This process is integral and vital to the longevity, quality, and evolution of the individual who is treading the treacherous road of sobriety. At SOCD, we focus on flipping the script of each person’s narrative so that they come to see that they have everything they are searching for already within themselves. For so long we have sought after every external measure to create a false sense of internal beauty. We have tried everything; alcohol, drugs, relationships, sex, gambling, and power, only to find that all that is left is a vacant sense of self and an engagement with life that is vapid and unfulfilling. Learning to love oneself is the primary task at hand when finding inner beauty as it comes from the inside out rather than how us addicts mistakenly perceive it which is through the external sources named above, coming from the outside in. After we can accept this love for ourselves, we can pass this on to others so that rather than merely working on our recovery, we can live it and share it with others who need compassion, empathy, and understanding. In other words, as Rumi says, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”. Here at SOCD, we focus on each individual in order to create an experience where our clients learn to love themselves in order to love others and, in this process, create a sense of being where it is understood that the beauty we harvest is within ourselves and the connection of love with others is personified in the actions and beauty we share with them. If we take our recovery seriously, we begin to find that there is an abundancy of beauty in most everything, and more importantly, we see how when we are living as slaves to our addiction, we are left blind to it. With clarity of vision we find beauty and in finding beauty, our vision becomes clear.