As a substance abuse therapist working at this treatment center, one of the many blessing that I have the privilege of experiencing is the power of community. The power of like-minded people, with similar experiences seeking an alternative way of being. I firmly believe that it is within community that we addicts find healing. It is in community we come to recognize that we are not alone on this journey. It is in community that we find others who are willing to love us until we are able to love ourselves. It is in community that our hope is rekindled, our resilience reawakened and our strength renewed.  Surprised that this idea resonates with you? Do not be because we are created to be in relationship with others. We are relational beings. Think about any situation in your life in which you felt hurt, betrayed, violated or exploited. Most likely this experience occurred during your interaction with a fellow human being. Now think about a time you experienced a deep connection, felt your innermost soul come alive or was moved by the power of forgiveness. More than likely these experiences also occurred in your human interaction. Hence, I often say to my clients that we, human beings, are traumatized in relationship and we heal in relationship. Sadly, our addiction almost strips us of our ability to be in relationship with not only others, but ourselves. I say almost, because if you are still reading this blog, it suggests that you have a desperate sense that you cannot manage your life alone, that you need community. This may be a scary awareness, as many of us are socialized to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-actualizing. But this idea is in direct opposition to our very nature. Do you remember the creation story in Genesis?* Imagine an all-powerful God, like a sculptor, bend over in the dust forming and fashioning Adam into shape. Imagine Adam as God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Can you see Adam’s clay like body springing into life? What is the first thing Adam sees? As Adam opens his eyes he sees the very face of God not from a distance, but intimately close and personal. The very act of creation is about relationship, for Adam’s first encounter with life is an encounter in and with community. It is no wonder that I often witness many clients overwhelmed with tears when they encounter the power of community. I will be praying that you find the strength to walk through your fears and join our Lakehaven community because there is healing in community.

Reference: * Genesis 3:7  God formed Adam from the dust of the earth and he became a living soul.

by : Lystra, the New Life Christian Program’s primary therapist

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