As an avid sailor for more than 30 years, I have learned to set sail knowing there are new challenges and discoveries that lie ahead. No sailing trip is like the last, and although I plan my route, I leave expecting the unexpected. I’ve spoken with many patients and alumni at The Treatment Center regarding how they feel about the holiday season, and I have learned that for them, it is a lot like setting sail.
For those in recovery and their family members, there will be new obstacles to overcome as well as lessons to be learned this new year, with many of them being unexpected. While this time of year can present its difficulties, it also presents many opportunities to reflect positively on the path that led to this new life in recovery, and to embrace the renewed hope for the future.
The New Year’s Challenge
Many view the New Year as a time to promise themselves to become better in some way, but the truth is, those in recovery have already begun navigating their way to a better life. My New Year’s challenge to all of you is to embrace your journey by learning to expect the unexpected, welcoming each new discovery that lies ahead, and being grateful that this year’s challenges can be overcome, if you take them one day at a time.
On behalf of all of us at The Treatment Center, thank you for allowing us to become part of your lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to work in an industry where we see the hope restored to people’s lives day after day. I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season.
So, will you sail along with me and take the New Year’s challenge?
Bill Russell, CEO