Action- Recovery Word of the Week


            The Word of the Week here at South Orange County Detox and Treatment is action. There are applications for this word in nearly every facet of a serious recovery program. In sober culture today, it is my opinion that there is too much emphasis put on merely “putting the plug in the jug.” This, of course, is not to say that successfully achieving that particular feat is not a miracle in and of itself, because it is. My point here is this: once we get past that initial phase of our sobriety, what actions are we take to ensure that we are creating a new life for ourselves that will eclipse the temptations that might lead us back to active addiction? Ill stress again that I’m not suggesting a substitute for meetings, step work, and fellowship as those components are all integral to a solid program. I am, however, suggesting that we not rest on our laurels and accept, or even delude ourselves into thinking that the intrinsic reward of being sober is anything more than mere sobriety; this is an extremely dangerous mentality that can lead to complacency and eventual relapse. Human beings are meant to evolve; we are meant to progress, grow, and become better versions of ourselves. Unfortunately, for us lazy types, this will require commitment, perseverance, and action! I have a suspicion that there are a lot of us who choose not to act because if we act, we have the propensity to fail, and for some that is unacceptable. While I understand this notion, and have myself been the perpetrator of this fear-based thinking, I truly believe failing to take action leads to misery, relapse, and can rob us of the chance to truly discover who we really are, sober. Thomas Jefferson said it this way, “If you want to find out who you are, don’t ask. Act! Taking action with delineate and define you.”
            Up to this point, I have been intentionally vague about what “action” ought to be taken because that all depends on the individual. For me, action in sobriety meant going to college, working independently as a personal trainer in order to avoid a 9-5 that I hated, getting in physical shape, rebuilding connections that I had destroyed during my addiction, eventually finding an incredible opportunity here at SOCD, and finally, starting graduate school in order to follow my dream of being a psychotherapist. That is my story, however, everyone’s path will manifest itself differently. The commonality that we all share in the struggle to take action is that there is no way to substitute or circumvent the work required in whichever action you decide is necessary for growth in your own life. Action, here at SOCD, is promoted and encouraged on a daily basis. Salina’s vision has always been directed holistically, meaning that at SOCD, we do not detox clients, do a couple therapy sessions, and send them on their way. We ensure that clients that want to begin college, obtain a get-well job, pursue their music or art, reconnect with family members, or even attend a trade school do exactly that! At SOCD, we are about helping create an individual vision for every client, and making sure that they take the appropriate actions to facilitate their goals and dreams so that they have the best possible chance at really living, not simply surviving. “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. Whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting on grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can do to make grace happen yourself. Right now. Right down here on earth.”