April 22, 2010

Still Counting Down the Days!

More updates for you all -- patience is the word!! I know you are anxiously awaiting the release of Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery. My publisher is running behind but we are looking at May 1st as the release date to the public. I hope we make this date as I have lined up several book events in May.

To quench your thirst a bit, below is an excerpt from the book:

"Doing our best can be a profound effort when it comes to most situations in our lives. If we do our best, we feel a sense of success, a sense of triumph that comes from knowing we “gave it our all.” In the area of addictions, only those addicted can personally weigh whether their best effort was achieved toward a recovery goal. Just quitting drug use or ceasing to drink alcohol is only the beginning of recovery. As we discussed earlier, long-term recovery entails a gambit of actions, behaviors, and tolerances including a sense of self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others. It is evident that many addicts work at giving up drugs their entire life. Can “working on” be the same as in recovery? If one is in recovery but still using or drinking once-in-a-while, are they doing their best to obtain sobriety?

Striving to do our best not only takes effort, it requires patience. Patience and time to understand why we have chosen the decisions which led to the outcomes we are experiencing. Some people do not have the luxury of time; some have no patience to uncover and discover the true reasons for their behavior. They continue their self-testing telling themselves they will quit after the stress eases up or the holidays are over. These individuals are the ones who could benefit from our helping hand and understanding ear. “If by the grace of God, there go I” is a lesson well learned."

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