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Commitment and Perseverance for a Greater Cause

What is the greater cause? Well in that specific case, it’s often for safety, for protection, but mostly that greater cause is for something or someone, not themselves. The greater cause is for others. The greater cause is for society. However for individuals in the recovery process, the greater cause if it’s not yet established, if it’s not well defined, if it’s not crystallized in your mind and manifested in your thoughts through your actions, if you don’t have that greater cause, what happens? I’ll tell you exactly what happens. At the first sign of adversity, at the first sign of overwhelming fear, at the first sign of psychological and emotional triggers, what people do is they lose that commitment, and they go back to the way that they were living their lives. You’ve seen this in your loved ones if you’re in recovery yourself, you understand what I’m talking about. What they do is as soon as they just get uncomfortable they forget their commitment and they go back because they have no greater cause. 

The Soldier Analogy

Since we’re talking about this on Memorial Day, let’s use the soldier analogy. They take on a greater cause, they’re committed to a greater cause, they go places and in those places that they’re at, you don’t think that they experience fear? I’ve talked to countless people, over a couple hundred veterans in my life. They tell me as strong and brave and powerful as they need to be they experience fear. They’re human beings. You tell me that they don’t get triggered, they don’t hear things and see things that bring up all of their own unresolved stuff? They absolutely do. You tell me that they don’t experience sadness from being away, homesickness from being away, for their loved ones receiving cards in the mail rather than being able to hug their families? They experience sadness but do they just say “I’m out of here?” No. Want to know why? They’re committed to a greater cause. That’s what you got to think of. In recovery what is the greater cause? And what the greater cause for all this stuff, my friends, is through the recovery process we not only help our own lives, we not only help the lives of those around us, I truly believe that we help our communities, we help society, we make the world a better place. So all that being said, thank you, so that’s the greater cause right there! And that’s where we learn it.

The Importance of Resiliency and Perseverance

These are lessons that we learned from Memorial Day lessons, that we learned from the lessons that they have taught us over years of dedication and sacrifice. If you’re having a hard time tracking this in terms of how is the recovery process similar to people that go off to the war, if you’re thinking you’re comparing apples and oranges let me hopefully share some insight to you. And the insight that I want to share is this. 

People that have experienced trauma in their life, it could be you watching this right now, it could be your loved ones, people who have experienced psychological, physical, emotional, sexual abuse inside of their own homes, people who are tormented by mental illness, those individuals I truly believe wholeheartedly from the bottom of my heart, are of the most resilient human beings on this planet. They have been able to overcome what they’ve experienced. Not give up, show up every day, and continue to fight. There’s a reason why trauma that happens to soldiers overseas used to be called shell shock. They’ve been able to change that label around and make it more humanistic and they turned it into something called post-traumatic stress disorder. There are different modalities of treatment for that type of trauma therapy. There’s a TMS for treatment resistant depression, there’s EMDR for traumatic trauma symptoms, there is talk therapy, all that kind of stuff for that specific population. However what they realized is that sometimes people didn’t even have to leave their hometowns, sometimes didn’t people didn’t have to leave their homes, to experience the same symptoms of those who go fight the wars. They experience the same thing – the battlefield is inside their house. So we learned that from them on Memorial Day. It’s easy to say Bam! right there, that’s the definition of resiliency. Those people are as resilient as this planet comes. 

Resiliency in Recovery

I’m telling you this. People that have endured substance abuse, trauma, mental illness, grief and loss, they have the same DNA. They have the same resiliency so that’s another thing that’s really important for us to not only acknowledge and internalize, but hopefully accept. You might say, “Man, I don’t know, it’s just not landing well.” Guess what the symptoms are? The same! If you look up at the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that happens to soldiers, hypervigilance, inability to sleep at night, jumpiness, shakiness, being triggered by smells, by sounds, not being able to think clearly, being foggy, having anger outburst, impulsivity, if you look at all those symptoms guess what? They are exactly the same as people experiencing PTSD that never went to war. So if we can acknowledge that in those individuals, “Hey you guys, you men and women, you guys are just straight resilient, you persevere through all obstacles.” Why don’t we extend that same grace to those who have fought those fights inside of their own homes? I hope this encourages somebody to look at it that way.

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Are you in recovery but not making progress? Recovery is not only possible but attainable, and it all begins with reaching out for assistance. By addressing both addiction and mental health issues, individuals can break free from the cycle of despair and embark on a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life. Contact Buckeye Recovery Network today and initiate your journey to recovery and improved mental health. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.