Addiction and Recovery

For those folks who actually read my blog, I want to apologize for my long absence.

I’ve been away, and in fact I’m still away, dealing with some personal issues…. Actually, no. Let’s call a spade a spade. I’m tackling my ongoing addiction issues at the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light Centre in downtown Toronto.

Yes, I’m aware that I’ve gone to treatment centres before, and always thought that I was better afterwards until I relapsed. This is what is called Flight into Health. It’s a denial pattern. One that I’ve become quite good at apparently, along with a dozen or so others listed in this hyperlink .

So what’s different this time round, you might ask, and you would be well within your rights to do so, considering how often gone I’ve gone though these addiction recovery programs. This is the fourth time, just for the record.

Harbour Light is probably the best program I have ever encountered. Loosely based on the 12 Steps and the Centre’s own experiences, the clients progress is seamlessly integrated. There are no waiting times between programs. You move from Intake to Recovery, then on to Relapse Prevention and finally to Discharge. This can take, depending on your personal circumstances, anywhere from 14 weeks and up. The staff are genuinely invested in your recovery, as every one of them is a recovering addict who has gone through the Harbour Light program themselves. They know it works. The only person who really needs convincing is you.

So, drop me a line if you wish. I have the love of God, my family and some friends backing me up, but it never hurts to hear from someone else either. It doesn’t have to be well wishes either. I know I have hurt people in the past, and I will be making all efforts to correct that and make amends, It could take a lifetime, but I think I’m worth it in the end.

~ Christopher

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