What Recovery Means To Me, by Josh Blount

First of all,  it means the opportunity for a second chance at living a meaningful,  productive life.   When I was in active addiction I was not the person I should have been.  I wasn’t the best father or husband I could have been.  My priorities became very turned around.   I grew up with addiction around me and one of my goals was to live a different life, to be a better father than what I had.  But somewhere I strayed and didn’t live up to those goals.   However,  the story isn’t over and I plan to use this time to become a better man.  My children and eventually grandchildren will know me as a healthy,  sober person.  The dishonesty and selfishness will be put to rest.

Recovery also means a chance to help others in their suffering. Addiction is such a lonely disease and people don’t recover on their own. I want to use the tools I’ve learned to help others. “We can’t keep what we have, unless we’re willing to give it away. ” That quote resonates with me and I want the chance to give it away!

Josh Blount

DOC #270649

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  1. Josh, I have read a few of your recent posts. I had a youthful grimace when I read your posting at the punishment and ALL LOCKED DOWN. Reminded me of my school days over 65 years ago, and as the teacher couldn’t control 2 or 3 pupils, he took it out on us and the whole class had to suffer the detainment. If the teacher couldn’t control 2 or 3 – how could he expect the other classmates to? At high school we had the same authority mentality, the whole class was caned if the teacher couldn’t maintain discipline.
    Often the injustice we felt when growing up pale in comparison with our adult life’s experiences.
    I have no real comprehension of your day night and day experiences. I am fortunate that I live in New Zealand, have my freedom, and reasonable health for a 77 year old. Something I am grateful for, but still take it for granted.
    When I was young we had a team from the USA come to Christchurch, Billy Graham and I especially remember the soloist singing “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.” That song struck a chord in me and I have tried to make my life useful since then. The abuse of the internett with scammers etc, is well known, but its benefits for helping others helps to offset the abuses. So we can build on that. Cheers for now Josh from the other side of the world. Don Hudson Josh Blount


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