10 years in recovery

The Four Reliances First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words; Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher; Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation; And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.

i pulled the following from my profile on LinkedIn. it summarizes some of the things i have been privileged to do within the grace of sobriety these last 10 years. needless to say, recovery as changed my life and it completely changed the direction in which i traversed. there are so many unexplained circumstances along my journey that i am certainly at a loss to explain how i have survived so many treacherous and dangerous situations, yet here i find myself with an almost higher-powered directive to give back.

Certified Trainer of Peer Recovery Coaches using CCAR curriculum and philosophy. Developed peer-to-peer quarterly newsletter “On The TEN” for HIV Community 2008-present Established Peer Advocacy 501C3 organization named TEN – Treatment Education Network in 2009 Recognized as Advocate of the Year 2010 by Advocates For Recovery Colorado Implemented Meth Treatment and Recovery Program for Englewood Agency 2012 Created and maintained recovery oriented blog “The Climb” for AFR Colorado 2011-2012 Served as Recovery Rally Chair for AFR Rally For Recovery 2011 and 2012. Co-Facilitated HIV+ Recovery Support Group as peer in tandem with LPC at A.R.T.S. 2005-2006 Implemented a peer support group for LGBT seeking recovery from methamphetamine 2006 Co Chair Denver Office of HIV Resources Planning Council 2006-2010. Strength In Numbers Colorado Moderator 2007-2009 Managed Cicatelli & Associates training for Peer Mentoring and HIV One on One Colorado in 2009

i certainly don’t begin to represent that i have created and completed all these on my own, but i was able to participate to the level that i feel some stewardship and some accomplishment. without the input of a community of recovery, i would doubtfully have found my way to 6 months recovery let alone 10 years. the above definitely represents input that can easily be compared against the years of my life before recovery. i spent the life i was given taking and taking and complicating.

i submit a very humble and very heartfelt “thank you” to all the beautiful and the impossible individuals i have met along the journey thus far. you have given me a feast.

life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.

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