A Circle of Healing for Recovering Alcoholics

Hooray for the newly sober alcoholic who has been blessed with the clarity and passion to be reborn into a life of sobriety! It is truly a miracle for the seemingly hopeless case who was convinced the road ahead was a dead end. The drink and drug has been put down, now what?

It is time for a holistic approach for the alcoholic to now thrive.  So what does that mean? Holistic is defined by Google as something that is “characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.”  I call that the Circle of Healing.

There are several domains that contribute to the Circle of Healing. The most obvious one is a program of recovery. To be more specific:  finding a sponsor, working the 12 steps, going to meetings, and connecting with sober supports. This is indispensable. In addition to working a 12-step program is living in a recovery residence.  It is strongly suggested that a person coming out of a treatment center commit to a sober living environment for the minimum of 3 months. These are essential recommendations that are almost always in place.

Let’s look now at some of the missing links. What about nutrition? Or how about some exercise? Healthy relationships? Passions and hobbies? It’s time to live! The belief that these aspects of one’s self are not related to drug use and spiritual sickness is most improbable. In my opinion, choices as small as what you are drinking with your snack in the afternoon is either lifting you up or bringing you down. It’s either effective or ineffective. With the idea that any choice in life is “bad” comes with it feelings of guilt, insecurity, and loss. I invite the idea of neutrality and a space to choose what elevates in every choice in life, from the route taken to work to the house you want to buy.

The community in Delray Beach, Florida is abundant in regards to the Circle of Healing. In nearly 16 square miles the city has over 9 yoga studios. Breath workers, reiki masters, health coaches, transformational coaches, live blood cell analysis technicians, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and many other creative healers call Delray Beach their home. Take a painting class at historic Old School Square or run in the annual Turkey Trot. Be active and be in love with life. And while you’re at it, be a contribution to the planet.  That’s the whole point right?

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