Many of us came to re:generation feeling alone and overwhelmed by our pain and struggles. You may have even willfully isolated yourself to hide an addiction. Or maybe you’ve ignored the pain by surrounding yourself with shallow relationships and busyness. The shame of secret sins and hurts can keep you from revealing yourself to others.
Walking through the doors to “recovery” is a decision that only you can make. But once you choose to get help, you learn that in recovery you are no longer alone. You are in a room filled with broken people, who, like you, have chosen to be here and are hoping to get well. You will see people whose addictions or habits may appear different from yours, yet who battle against the same fundamental problems as you. You will find that most of them come to recovery just as you have, feeling as though they struggle alone.
Isolation is an enemy to recovery. Alone, we are vulnerable to temptation, but together, we protect and encourage one another. Once you begin to admit your struggles and step out of isolation, your shaming secrets lose their hold on you. Healing can begin.
Have courage to let others into your life. Find someone that you connect with and begin the process of trusting again. This week, share your struggles and pain with someone, and listen to them as they tell you their story.
Recovery is not a battle anyone wins alone.
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Dear God, please help me realize that I am not alone. The world is filled with people just like me, who struggle and have pain. Please give me the courage to rely on you and others who you have put in my life to help me heal.
Commit to attend recovery this week. When you are there, reach out to someone of the same sex that you have connected with and share with them the reason why you are are interested in a recovery program. Get to know others who are in recovery with you. Exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses so that you can consistently encourage each other.