We all have to display an immense amount of courage and resilience to make it through the current pandemic. It’s a difficult and painful time in the history of the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. It is natural to feel fearful and discouraged.

There is bad news everywhere we turn. Unemployment is rising fast. There is illness, death, and suffering throughout the world. We have no idea how things are going to turn out. There are conflicting messages being conveyed each and every day. We don’t know who to believe or what to think anymore. It can be astounding and frightening.


What Can We Control Now?

What many people also feel is a tremendous lack of control — control over our environments, our health, other people actions, decisions being made, etc. But there is an alternative way to look at things. There is one thing that we do have control over: our thoughts and actions. This is not just true now, but always. I see courage and resilience as very similar.

Courage is defined as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Resilience is an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

To me, courage is taking the chance, making the choice; whereas resilience is seeing it through.


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Choosing Sobriety is Courageous

For those with addictions who want to recover, who have tried, and who want to try again, making that choice to recover would take incredible courage right now. But it always takes immense courage. The pandemic doesn’t change that.

The great Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a decision.” Why not turn your fears into a courageous act of self and make the decision to undergo a program of recovery? Make this horrendous time count. Invest in yourself, your family and your future. Believe and love yourself. Choose not to be driven by fear but by courage.


Statistics Are On Your Side

We believe in you and know that recovery is possible for everyone. We see people making the choice each and every day. Our dedicated staff at the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine can safely and effectively help you detox from opiates or alcohol. 98% of patients that walk through our doors have taken this step and detoxed successfully. Pretty awesome statistics during a time where nothing is certain.

The first act of courage is asking for help. We can answer any questions you may have about our program. Our program is unique in that it is an outpatient program especially well suited for these times. We will help you dig deep and find the courage and inspiration to consider making this challenging time count. Nothing would make us happier than to see you come out of this pandemic at the other end involved and committed to your own recovery. The pandemic can’t take that away from you.

Deborah Reich, MD


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