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Recovery Ink

Jim Mello

Hello to those on the recovery journey. Welcome to Recovery Ink, a new blog on our new Blue Sky web site. 

I’m excited about this venture, as we experiment with this blog as a resource in recovery.  I’m new to blog writing, but not new to recovery. One thing the Coronavirus pandemic has taught me is that the electronic media can be helpful in staying in touch when personal contact has been limited, and can be helpful in reducing the isolation that can be a part of recovery.  Much as i value, and personally prefer, face to face contact, social media can be an important and effective way to give and get support. 

So, what’s this blog going to be about? Mostly sharing ideas and principles of recovery, and to provide some electronic support. I’m hoping to draw on my experience as a counselor, supervisor, and teacher in the recovery field , as well as being a person in long term recovery, to provide a place to encourage us all to keep on keeping on in our personal recovery. Recovery is worth it. 

I plan to share info, my experience and philosophy, and just be here. I believe in recovery, even more now, in this current time of distress, and in this phase of (my) life. We should never stop learning and growing. As Bob Dylan said, many years ago, “ he not busy being born, is busy dyin’”. Wise words then. Wise words now.

I hope to share inspiration and encourage creativity...music, poetry, and art, are important sources of inspiration for me., and hope you’ll visit the blog as part of your recovery. So, get your coloring books ready, and come visit us regularly. 

Glad you checked this out. 

Jim Mello 

Basic Tasks and Stages of Recovery

What Stops Me From Seeing ClearlyWe are conditioned to want instant gratification in all areas of our lives and we have trouble waiting in lines or waiting for someone (or some prerecorded voice) to answer our phone. And, when our devices don’t instantaneously function, we go a bit crazy. And, addiction and substance abuse disorders are all about wanting instantaneous mood alteration. 

It’s no wonder then that when we decide to go for recovery help, that we expect recovery to happen right away. We want instant recovery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. It is a process and here’s what the stages of recovery look like: 

Physical Recovery 

Abstinence from the use of life damaging substances 

Understanding the progression of the substance use disorder

We can’t begin the real journey of recovery until we let go of actual substance use. Our bodies and minds have been fogged up for years and need to learn to function without them.

Gaining an understanding of the progression of the disorder can help us understand how we got here...how much the substances are driving the high jacked plane.

Read more: Basic Tasks and Stages...

Holidays and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving WordsAh, the holidays are upon us, which is often a mixed bag for those of us in recovery. Times of remembering...not always good memories....times of recalling...times of isolation...and, times of risk.

Just reminding you to seek the company of those who will encourage and support your recovery. And, starting with Thanksgiving to really practice some gratitude...literally

Make a daily practice of being thankful for at least three things : Write them down, and, if you can say them out loud to somebody, even yourself. 

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Definition of Recovery

Definition RecoveryThe field of Recovery has changed a lot since I started my own recovery journey and started working in the field. Yesterday, during a supervision meeting, one of the other old time counselors remembered how it was when we first got into the field. All you needed was to have two years of “recovery” or “sobriety” and an agency that would take you on. Now, there are addiction classes that can lead to certification and/or licensure preparation at many colleges throughout the state. 

So, maybe it would be helpful to have some kind of working definition of recovery for the here and now.  In consultation with others attempting to define recovery (T.S.Eliot (google him) once said “immature poets imitate, old poets steal) I helped to cobble together this definition: 

Recovery is a process of change, through self discovery, in which an individual achieves improved health, wellness and a better quality of life. 

Read more: Definition of Recovery