A Complimentary New Approach

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 02 January 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Drug Addiction Recovery

It’s a new year, 2013, so let’s take the focus off of what we do not want and put it on what we do want!

Instead of focusing on the fact that we are alcoholics and addicts, perhaps we could focus on our goals, dreams, love, fun, family, friends and all the wonderful things that make us feel good and joyful.

With that said, we can acknowledge that we suffer from an addiction without making it the sum total of our existence. We did not sober up to only go to Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) meetings and live in the AA bubble.

I am not sure about you, but I quit using prescription pills because I wanted to live again. I want to be self-fulfilled from within.

I have done the steps of AA, I complete a daily tenth step, I have a sponsee, a sponsor and I regularly attend meetings. I do all this as insurance against relapse.

Aside from what I listed above, I am living life…..focusing on my career, developing my relationships with myself, my friends, my family, and my higher power, and I am determining where I can be useful not just among addicts and alcoholics, but among individuals in the world at large.

For me, it is really about expanding my vision of my place in the world…..how can God use me and my specialized knowledge to make the world a better place?!

I have thought this way for quite some time and yet I was reluctant to share it because I thought people would not embrace it.

Fear (particularly what other people thought of me) was once one of my dominant character defect. As your know from my daily tenth step, fear caused me to be a people-pleaser, to acquiesce where I otherwise would not, and be who I thought other people wanted me to be.

Well, I have news for you, this is a new year and I am not interested in being that person anymore no more than I am interested in relapsing or resting on my laurels.

I will always be grateful for the foundation that AA has given me. And yet, I know it is time to expand upon what I have learned here and to collaborate with others, not to mention supplement my knowledge of the twelve steps with other complimentary disciplines, like science of mind, laws of attraction, power of intention, and so forth.

Today, I end this article with one of my favorite poems, written by none other than Christopher Logue , titled “Come to the Edge”:

    Come to the edge
    We might fall.
    Come to the edge.
    It's too high!
    COME TO THE EDGE!
    And they came,
    and we pushed,
    And they flew.


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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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