The Return of the Prodigal Son

by The Discovering Alcoholic on November 10, 2007

It goes without saying that it is easy to get burned out dealing with addiction and recovery issues on a day to day basis. We are dealing with a chronic disease, which by definition is “marked by long duration and frequent recurrence”, so it should come as no surprise that disappointment and heartache are a common theme. As a safety measure I keep a tight rein on my expectations and have learned to relish even the minor victories, but today in my recovery class I got to experience a very pleasurable moment I would like to share.

The story itself is rather uplifting because it is about a young man explaining to the group about how he has gotten his life back together, solidified his marriage, and bought a new home in which to raise his child. He is a big bear of a guy and not the stereotypical source to expect such a heartfelt confession, but he threw a comical twist into the story when he spoke about his improved relationship with his mother. He said he had become a “trophy son” and that she was taking him around town showing off her clean son.

She was proud of him… and so am I.

The victories can sometimes be few and far between in our battle with addictions, but they do happen and there is always hope.

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