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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7 thoughts on “Addiction and Recovery

  1. Tried to call you last night but there was no answer. Chris, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been to rehab. The point is, you recognise when you need help and seek it out. That is the mark of a smart person. As for past hurts, that is where they should remain; in the past. My mom used to say that people who are always looking behind them at the past are usually the ones who fall flat on their faces because they aren’t looking where they are going. She had some pretty weird sayings but, this one really makes sense. The people who love you don’t need the whole mea culpa thing. We just want you to be well and happy and have the wonderful life that you deserve. There are a lot of people who are solidly behind you so, don’t ever feel alone. I’ll call you later.

    Love,
    Pamela

  2. Hey Chris,
    Just read your blog today and man can I say I am extremely proud of you, you finally had the courage to tell the truth about where you are and why. You also sound a lot lot lot more positive that you ever have in the past and that Chris is amazing. Being an addict of another sort my prayers and heart is with you and Chris please for your own sanity and peace of mind keep up the positive thoughts and excellent work you are obviously doing. God Good Good Luck

    Coleen

  3. This is truly a very uplifting journal and journey. We all have a story and imperfections. So happy for you that you understand, journeys and improving ourselves is always ongoing, to better one self. You seem like an incredibly remarkable person and brave.

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