Sunday, May 18, 2008

Who Sponsored This Run/Walk?

Chrysalis House is a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women and their children. This carefully structured treatment program addresses the many interrelated problems of a female addict. Chrysalis House heals and strengthens each woman for her return as a fully functioning member of society. When a woman successfully completes program, she typically has been drug and alcohol free, is fully employed, and has permanent housing. Chrysalis House is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team made up of case managers, clinicians, and administrators. Some of the staff are graduates of Chrysalis House. A volunteer board of directors, made up of social service providers, community leaders, members of the twelve-step community, and former program participants, oversees the agency.

Maybe your goal is to get fit. Maybe it's to raise your family. Maybe you just want to stay alive.

If any of these things matter to you, then addiction, any addiction, is standing in your way. It doesn't matter if you abuse ice cream, tobacco, alcohol, or crystal meth. It may be gambling, porn, 14 hour work days, or surfing the internet. Addicts give their lives away to their addiction. The only reason to stay an addict is that you don't want to be alive.

Chrysalis House is in the business of helping addicted women and their families to reclaim their own lives. Recovery means doing the hard work of buying your life back from the devil. You can't do it overnight and you can't do it alone. You need to admit what you've done to yourself and the people you love and you need to ask for the help you need.

The people who sponsored this 5K do holy work every day. If you want to escape your own addiction, there are people who have committed themselves to helping you get free. I know these things are true because I have lived them.

If you are an addict and you want to die, then stick with it. You're on the right track. If you want to live, then get help, tell the truth, and you can get well.

The Fat Man isn't running from death - he's running toward life. I invite you to run with him.


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