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“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” – Dalai Lama
Addiction and substance abuse are as dangerous as they are heartbreaking. Many of us see our friends die, face death ourselves, and watch the lives around us get torn apart. Once we’ve gotten through the grip of a substance use disorder and found addiction recovery, some of us feel a bit bulletproof. We may feel like we’ve seen and done so much that we aren’t going to be surprised by anything else life has to throw at us.
Then a loved one dies, or we lose our job, we suffer some kind of personal set-back, or maybe we lose a cherished pet. Suddenly, we find ourselves feeling completely devastated and wondering where that sense of strength went. As thick as we think our scars may be, something can always come up and take the wind out of us.
When this happens, we can go one of two ways: we can do what we used to and act like nothing happened, or we can take what recovery tries to teach us and lean on others for support. One path is more likely to support addiction recovery, while the other will tend to make it more difficult. There are a few things we can remember that can push us toward personal growth and prevent sudden tragedy from derailing our recovery. That is what we are going to talk about. Our experience, strength, and hope with dealing with tragedy in recovery.