I’ve been asked many times, “Catherine, how do you usually start your day”???
I start each & everyday with my OWN recovery *Serenity Prayer*as follows:
**GOD, GRANT ME THE SERENITY & PATIENTS TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CAN NOT CHANGE,
COURGAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN ACCORDING TO MY WALK WITH YOU LORD,
AND GIVE WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE**……
THIS IS HOW I START MY DAY…..THEN I grab some coffee and get started!!
“The last time I thought of taking heroin was yesterday. I had received ‘an inconvenient truth’ from a beautiful woman. It wasn’t about climate change (I’m not that ecologically switched on). She told me she was pregnant and it wasn’t mine.
I cannot accurately convey the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain. It transforms a tight white fist into a gentle brown wave, and from my first inhalation 15 years ago it fumigated my private hell. A bathroom floor in Hackney embraced me like a womb, and now whenever I am dislodged from comfort my focus falls there.
That is obviously irrational, but the mentality and behavoir of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and, unless they have structured help, they have no hope.
It is frustrating to love someone with this disease. A friend of mine’s brother cannot stop drinking. He gets a few months of sobriety and his family bask, relieved, in the joy of their returned loved one. His life gathers momentum, but then he somehow forgets the price of this freedom, returns to his old way of thinking, picks up a drink and Mr Hyde is back in the saddle. Once more his face is gaunt and hopeless. His family blame themselves and wonder what they could have done differently, racking their minds for a perfect sentiment wrapped up in the perfect sentence, a magic bullet.The fact is, though, that the sufferer must be a willing participant in their own recovery. They must not pick up a drink or drug. Just don’t pick it up — that’s all.
What we want to do with Give It Up is popularise a compassionate perception of drunks and addicts and provide funding for places at treatment centers where they can get clean using these principles. Then, once they are free of drugs and alcohol, to make sure they retain contact with the support that is available to keep them clean.
He picked up. And for another day, thank God, I don’t have to”………..*Shared from Drug prevention network of Canada.blogspot.com *****
**PRETTY INSIGHTFUL & INTERESTING SHARE BY RUSSELL BRAND**
*MY NEXT STORY IS ABOUT *THE BAD BOY* HIMSELF, MR. EMINEM*
THIS story was on a Recovery site I follow, and who I did an Article for about my addiction to Gambling back in Feb 2012**
Eminem Comes Clean in His New Documentary About Drugs and Addiction
By Cheryl Scott
“When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of, ‘Ahh.’ Like everything was not only mellow, but I didn’t feel any pain,” says Eminem in his new documentary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs. “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more.”
In this straightforward film, the legendary rap star says the words all addicts must say if they want to open the door that says recovery. “I am Marshal and I am an addict,” pronounced in plain English, no rhythm tracks, no screaming fans, no flim-flam.
In this film Eminem comes clean about the severity of his addiction, the ferocity of his denial and how close he came to death. He began his use of Vicodin and Xanax casually, quickly becoming more impaired, and finally realizing how perilous his addiction had become.
He added Valium and other drugs to the mix, using more often, banning from his presence anyone who tried to warn him. One day, he mixed one—or two —too many drugs. He made it to the hospital just in time.
“Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” he tells the interviewer. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.”
A month after Eminem came out of the hospital he relapsed, but his love for his daughters saved him from what could have been a final downward spiral. “I’m looking at my kids and I realize, ‘I need to be here for this,’ ” he says.
Here’s where the story most strikingly differs from the average Big Star addiction saga. There was no rehab clinic, cushy or otherwise, no wise counselors, no group sessions.
Eminem quit drugs on his own through a detox program that left him incapacitated.
He describes the horrors of cold turkey detox in language familiar to anyone who has been through it. He says it took 24 hours a day for three weeks, during which he was wracked with insomnia, “not even nodding off for a f***ing minute.” And when it was over he was faced with the loss of his motor skills, talking skills, thinking skills — all his skills.
“It’s been a learning process,” he says. “I’m growing. I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody, ‘It does get better.’ “
As any recovering addict knows, there is probably no misery worse than cold-turkey detox. The fact that a superstar would describe the experience so frankly is what distinguishes this documentary film. The fact that a superstar would even go through this agony is what distinguishes Eminem.
In the end, he shares the joy of recovering addicts the world over and reminds those who may have a similar ordeal in front of them that “it does get better.” Simple concept, simply said. And that is what distinguishes Eminem’s story. It’s just possible that some addicts out there will be moved to give recovery a try. And that’s the best you can say about a documentary about one man’s addiction and a better man’s recovery. Filmmaker Matthew Cooke also interviews drug dealers, celebs such as Woody Harrelson and Russell Simmons, ex-cops, and people who have been wrongfully arrested for drug-related charges. You can see How To Make Money Selling Drugs when it opens in Los Angeles on June 28th.
***I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I FIND IT VERY INTERESTING HE IS MAKING A FILM ABOUT HIS ADDICTION, RECOVERY, SELLING AND USING DRUGS. I HOPE IT IS DONE IN A BALANCED AND OPEN WAY………
I HOPE YOU CAN LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHING FROM THIER STORIES. JUST BECAUSE A PERSON MAY HAVE FAME, MONEY, AND MORE???…..DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE HAPPY!! THAT IS WHY I FIND THESE TYPES OF INTERVIEWS FASINATING. IT VALIDATES MY POINT OF HAPPINESS, MONEY, ADDICTION, LOOKING FOR ANYTHING TO FILL THE BLACK HOLE IN OUR HEARTS THAT ONLY ONE *MAN* CAN FILL…..OUR HIGHER POWER……
***MANY BLESSINGS IN YOUR OWN RECOVERY JOURNEY***
*AUTHOR, CATHERINE TOWNSEND-LYON* 🙂 🙂