Our Declaration of Independence
What does a class at Gulf Breeze Recovery look like? We get asked this question by many prospective guests who want to know just what in the world they will be learning at our center that will help them make the shift to thrive in their life, without their addictions to alcohol or drugs.
1.FIRST THINGS FIRST…
Our guests need to hear, and really understand, that they are not broken. That their addiction isn’t a permanent anchor continually dragging them into the deep no matter how far they swim. That there IS hope, and that understanding their own innate physical and mental well-being gives them the power to drop any anchors, and not only swim but become a buoy that is resilient and can weather any storm.
2.Independence from addiction.
Once they know this to be more than just a pretty idea, but as a truth for themselves, they gain the quiet confidence that allows them to stand up once and for all and declare themselves to be truly INDEPENDENT from any addiction, from any thing that would stand in the way of their own health and well being.
3.Free to be innovative!
Our classes are fun. Our classes are serious. Our classes are inspiring and creative. Innovative. Our classes are fresh and relevant to our guests, to what they are going through, and even to the seasons, because addiction doesn’t come in just one flavor. Our goal is to have every guest leave with ideas they can relate to, something they can share with their family and friends, scientific proof they can touch and hold, and concepts that have touched their hearts.
For the anniversary of our country’s own declaration of independence from those who would seek to oppress us, we leave our readers with this, in hopes that any one who needs to cut that which is holding them back, anchoring them down and keeping them from living the healthy, beautiful life that is possible will make the stand for themselves.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 2015
The unanimous Declaration of Me, Myself and I
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the oppressiveness of addiction which have connected them with unhealthy substances and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness to live addiction free. — That to secure these rights, I will seek to understand how my thoughts, actions and feelings are created, thereby removing the compulsion to follow through with every urge, craving or unhealthy thought, which grants myself once again the free will to make healthy choices for myself at all times, and to try at all times to shed the Presumptions of Truth that disallow me to Learn New Ideas, — That whenever any Form of Thinking becomes destructive of these ends, it is my Duty to recognize it for what it truly is, and to take steps to either institute new Thinking or simply allow Destructive Thinking to Pass, — That I am no longer a Slave of Thoughts or the Tyranny of my Past, and henceforth every day will be a New Beginning, which allows me the ability to enjoy Life Itself from a clear and present point of view, — I will not Take Personally the Musings of my Family or Peers, understanding that they themselves are just having Thoughts, which may or may not be true or based in an accurate perception of reality and have Compassion for those around me who are not in their Best Mental Health, and that I will strive to remember that my own Thinking may or may not be accurate based on my Mood and Quality of Mind at any given moment, thereby not Taking My Opinions Seriously to the point of discomfort or argument with those around me, — I will remember that my Innate Nature is to be Healthy and Content, and any deviation from this Center of Health is in fact cause for dis-ease within myself, both mentally and physically, and will strive to maintain the Balance that is Within through Mindfulness, Ability to Let Go of things which are discourteous to my Well-Being, and remembering that I am Only Human and therefore will Occasionally Make Decisions which are not the Most Intelligent, and Allow Myself both Grace and Amnesty when this occurs, with the Intentions of returning to my Balanced Well-Being as soon as is humanly possible.
On this, the fourth of July 2015, I declare myself free.
Adapted from the original Declaration of Independence
Gulf Breeze Recovery is a non 12 step holistic drug treatment facility on the water overlooking Pensacola Beach in Florida. We focus on helping our guests identify exactly how their addictions began and how to break free from these addictions to lead a successful life without the need for weekly meetings or sponsors.