My journey through drug and alcohol abuse to recovery.
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After 18 years of drug and alcohol abuse, my life was a total disaster. I needed to change everything! This was a big job and I had no idea where to start. The reconstruction of my life was an inside-out job. It was my own thinking that was my biggest problem. The process began with the decision to stop using drugs and alcohol, and to start using my mind. Reading has had a profound impact on me and I would highly recommend reading from a positive uplifting book at least 15 minutes a day.
My use of drugs and alcohol was a major factor contributing to the destruction in my life, however it was only a symptom of a much larger problem and that was my thinking. It was my thinking that kept me using drugs and alcohol. In order to stop using, my thoughts concerning using had to change. How did I change my thinking? Reading changed my thinking along with a solid adherence to the 12 Step programs focused on drugs and alcohol.
It is my personal belief that awareness is the begining of change. Once I became aware, the only 2 options for me were 1. continue my self-destructive ways or 2. become self-constructive. I had to consider the fact that my beliefs came from my thoughts and that my thoughts came from the information that I had gathered over the years. Thing thing that most readily stood out to me was to "change the information that I was putting into my mind!"
Changing people, places and things was a great start. This afforded me the opportunity to clear my mind and focus on gathering new information. The act of reading develops the powers of concentration and creative thinking, its' like "mental gymnastics" and for me, probablility thinking shifted to possibility thinking. This new way of thinking has allowed me to be drug and alcohol free for 19+ years and to achieve a lot of the goals that I only used to wish about.
First, I thank God for everything!
This book is the result of my journey in life to this point. I have gotten to know myself through personal development. My life was in a total shambles a short 19 years ago. Thanks to the personal development industry, I have found purpose for the life that has been given to me. It was my “thinking” that needed to be corrected. My paradigm needed to be altered. I did not know this at the time the decision was made to change my life.
It has been through years of trial and error that I have learned to learn those things that I did not know about myself. We all have a wonderful tool called our “mind” that when used properly will produce for us a life worth living; or through our own neglect will destroy us.
Dissatisfaction is a creative force. This is the mindset that has allowed me to rise above my circumstances and create the life that I want. I cannot tell you what your purpose is, nor can I tell you how long it will take to find it. I can tell you this; never negotiate the price of success. It is my belief that success is all encompassing; you cannot be successful in one area of life and not be successful in all areas of life.
Many times I have read about “balance”. To me balance is learning to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. This may seem ambiguous so I will attempt to clarify. I believe that when I am at work, my focus is on my work. When I am home, my focus is on my family. Wherever I am that is where my focus is. For me this view has made a big difference and has become my definition of balance.
You, my friend have talents and abilities that will allow you to do more with your life than you may believe possible. Develop yourself through reading positive books, seek and associate with those that share your desire for achievement and never stop pursuing your dreams!