A while ago a friend shared with me some wise words about Recovery. A family member who had been sober for over 20 years had imparted them on her and in turn she offered them to me.
“You will know when your son is ready to walk a life of Sobriety when; He has New Playmates, A New Playground and New Playthings.”
It certainly made sense to me.
At that time I had yet to see any of that take place in his life. He was always certain he could hang with his old buds… and he did. The gravity of his old life pulled him back time and time again to the people, places and things that would eventually draw him back to drugs.
Last summer he lived in a Faith based sober environment where he memorized…
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
He knew this to be true and he knew it was what he needed to take on in order to walk free of addiction. But he had yet to make the choice…
Today, 115 days into his New walk, he has indeed found New Friends; ones that have walked the same struggle but are also wanting to walk in Newness. As well as finding new places and new ways to play. There has been a whole shift in who he is. He is hungry to move on with his life in a way he never has before. Over a month ago he and I sat on the front steps of my home and he said very seriously…
“I’m about to be 25 years old, I’ve wasted enough of my life with this crap, time to move on.”
I’m no fool, I know that Recovery is about one day at a time, and at any time he could fall. But for today and the last 114 days I am thankful that there seems to be NEWNESS in him. One that keeps drawing him further down the road called Recovery.