It was a pleasure to meet Cathy a few months ago through the A-List Blogging Club. Cathy is doing remarkable work through her website, Treatment Talk, where she writes about substance abuse and recovery and provides well-researched highly credible resources. She is passionate about supporting recovery and people who want to live a live of inner peace and joy. It is an honor to have Cathy guest post here at Miracle Mama.
This is the guest post by Cathy Taughinbaugh of http://treatmenttalk.org
“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” ~ George Eliot
Too often in the media, we hear the sad story about the celebrity who did not win their battle with the disease of addiction. My heart goes out to these families, but the success stories about people who are in recovery and are doing well are rarely published. Many people in recovery find it difficult to share the truth of who they really are because of the impact it might have on their life. The stigma of addiction can be just as harmful as the disease itself. It keeps people in the closet unable to disclose their past.
There are many, however, who have found recovery and have gone on to live remarkable lives. They have given back in creative ways, and helped others who have walked a similar path. My wish is that they were not invisible.
Here are four incredible writers whose work I have enjoyed and who have taught me new life lessons.They have found the courage to share their story intertwined within their own personal focus. Let me share them with you now.
1. Practice Your Priority
Rolf Gates is a yoga teacher from Santa Cruz, California and has written a beautiful book of daily reflection on the path of yoga. His book is titled Meditations from the Mat, Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Rolf’s book has inspiration and spiritual guidance as he discovers and explains the beauty of yoga.
Rolf writes, “My very first practice was abstinence from alcohol through the use of the twelve steps. When I was about two years into that practice, a women asked me what I wanted in life. I told her that in twenty-five years I wanted to be twenty-seven years sober. She told me that if I continued to feel that way, it would probably come to pass.
Abhyasa, or practice, is really about making something a priority. As we enact that priority, an energy builds in our life to support it.”
2. Get in Touch with Your Own Creativity
Julia Cameron is the author of, The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path of Higher Creativity. The book reached the top 10 best seller list, after selling millions of copies worldwide. This is the book from where the infamous “morning pages” originates, and what Julia calls the primary tool of creative recovery.
“In 1978, in January, I stopped drinking. I had never thought drinking made me a writer, but now I suddenly thought not drinking might make me stop. In my mind, drinking and writing went together like, well, scotch and soda. For me, the trick was always getting past the fear and onto the page. I was playing beat the clock — trying to write before the booze closed in like fog and my window of creativity was blocked again.”
Julia’s book was the catalyst for many to have the courage to explore their creativity and follow their dreams.
3. Learn to be Fearless
Meet Steve Chandler. Steve, an author who has written dozens of books, is a world-famous personal success coach and a nationally recognized keynote speaker. I’ve just read my second book by Steve, Time Warrior, and as I read his books, the energy and electricity of his words feel like they are shooting right through the pages!
“I was one of them. A reactor. Big time I was sick, ruined, bankrupt, addicted to drugs and alcohol, lying to everyone I knew, especially the ones closest to me. A life of fear and more fear. The best I could ever feel, on my best day, was just worried. I was often okay with being worried. It was better than being fat-out terrified. But the terror would always return. And the pink cloud period of constant worry never lasted.
My life was saved by a recovery program.
Then, from there, I had the stunning privilege of learned to live freely.”
4. Talk About Your Shame
Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She has written several books including, I Thought It was Just Me, and says that we can change our relationships and the way we live, if we can find the courage to talk about shame and it’s affect on our life.
“I started to get a clearer understanding of my own social dependence on alcohol. I quit drinking and smoking in 1996, the weekend I graduated with my master’s degree in social work. I was lucky. I had the information and tools to make that choice and found the support I needed to put down the sword and shield. I consider my journey in recovery to be one of the greatest gifts in my life.”
Many have found the gift of recovery. With the power of our collective voices may we begin to let go of the stigma of our past.
Cathy Taughinbaugh is a former teacher and mother of a crystal meth addict who has been in recovery for over 6 years. She writes on addiction, recovery and treatment at Treatment Talk.org. You can also follow her on Facebook at Treatment Talk and twitter @treatmenttalk.
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