Intention- Recovery Word of the Week

  “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver.”-Seneca

 “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver.”-Seneca

Intention is the Word of the Week here at South Orange County Detox and Treatment  (SOCD). Intention can be a bit of a confusing word to examine so I am going to break it into two parts in order to better examine and understand the depth of its meaning. Viewed through the lens of positivity, intentions that are set and followed through create our reality, and depending on the quality of the intention, it follows that the quality of our reality can be determined by lengths to which we go to ensure that these intentions come to fruition. Pure intentions can also be seen as valuable in and of themselves; Seneca put it this way, “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver.” I agree that in this particular case, the means of good intention justifies the ends, even if the end result isn’t optimal. In recovery, however, good and pure intentions don’t always cut it if the lack of follow through means a surrender of one’s sobriety. I, personally, have had intentions that, because of my lack of commitment and determination, have stayed merely that, intentions; because without action, intentions are void. I also see it here, working in treatment, where clients set the best intentions to reunify with their family, finish school, get that one, specific job, or even just to not go back to using drugs and alcohol. Once again, these positive intentions are great, and even necessary, but without engaging in the actions that represent that particular intention, are meaningless. Part of what we do here at SOCD is help our clients realize the intentions they need to set. Step 2 in the process, however, is when the hard part begins but is where winners are made. We stand alongside our clients while they push forward and work to fulfill their intentions, and we give the encouragement and support they need in order to realize their dreams in sobriety.