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Miracles in Recovery

February 27, 2017 - - 0 Comments

Miracles in Recovery

One of my favorite quotes from C. S. Lewis says, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?”. In my opinion, this perfectly sums up what it is like to both be in recovery and work in the field of recovery. Each day seems like the day before, with not much growth to be seen. However, the miracle happens when you are able to put a little bit of time together, learn a few coping skills, and look back on the person that you once were. That person that you were one, three, or six months ago is now unrecognizable. Day by day it truly does seem like there isn’t much changing, but when you are able to look back on who you were and who you are becoming it is nothing short of a miracle.

I feel blessed that I have been able to see several of these miracles happen while working at His House/New Creation. One of the biggest miracles I have witnessed while working is a client who has been with us since I have started with the company. I have seen this client through inpatient, outpatient, relapse, detox, and the whole cycle over again. The miracle isn’t so much that I am able to see the growth in this client over the past several months, but that she is able to see the growth in herself. I have seen this client turn into a self-aware, self-accepting, and determined woman who allows her past to propel her forward rather than hold her back.

As a former high school teacher my favorite part of my career was seeing the “light bulb” moment in my students’ faces when they finally realized or understood something that they didn’t before. This happens all of the time in recovery. This happens with the client who comes into treatment denying any sort of higher power, but after some time and work on self is able to embrace a God of their understanding. It happens with the client who walks in full of self-loathing and self-hatred but is able to finish treatment with hope, purpose, and a sense of self that they didn’t think was possible. And it happens with the client who, after years of isolation, is able to embrace the fellowship of the program and learn to build relationships and sober support. These “light bulb” moments are nothing short of miracles, and these miracles happen every day in recovery. The challenge is we must be patient enough to hang on to see these miracles happen, either to ourselves or the people around us, because when they do they are amazing to witness.

-Michelle Ghirelli

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