I have graduated and I am starting a new chapter in life. I am basically starting over in every way. I a sermon at the Live Oak Methodist Church about “starting over.” The analogy he used most was, “You don’t put on a new coat of paint, until you scrape off the old.” Well, I have been scraping the old, pitiful paint off for 136 days, and in this time I have been learning how apply the new coat of paint. I have finished painting my new house, and this new coat of paint is very true and strong. I can withstand the heat, the rain, and the snow. This new coat of paint will last the rest of my life.
This program is so much more than learning to abstain from addiction. It addresses why I used and how I needed to repair past ethical conditions. I have learned to spot the behaviors of positive and negative people, and then detach from the negative if needed. I will surround myself with positive people in my future. These people are successful and want me to succeed also. I have learned so much about how I had become ethically and morally bankrupt. I learned how people like me (addicts) use justification to explain away or lessen their harmful acts. I have learned how to survive. I have learned how to start my journey to happiness, which for me is joy, contentment, and peace.