Addiction: We’ve All Hurt Enough Already, Haven’t We?

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About Chris Grosso

Chris Grosso is an independent culturist, freelance writer, spiritual aspirant, recovering addict, and musician. He is the author of Indie Spiritualist (Beyond Words/Atria/Simon & Schuster Books 3/4/14), serves as spiritual director of the interfaith center The Sanctuary at Shepardfields and created the popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual with The Indie Spiritualist website. Visit Chris on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Comments

  1. katie bolin says:

    Wow. I was more.than blown away by what I just read. Your confessions, your honesty, your raw truth…something that I struggle with on a daily basis. I am almost 9 months sober and have recently come to a similar understanding of my truth but to hear it written so clearly, so honestly brought tears to my eyes. So thank you, thank you for reminding me @ 9:17 pm on this Wednesday night just how precious and fragile this miracle of life we get to experience is. That through all of my fuck ups, all of shit I haven’t even registered let alone processed, I get another chance and today a choice. Today I get to live and one day I will be strong enough to share hope, strength and life with others as you have done.
    God bless and ODAT,
    Katie

    • Katie,
      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, strength and hope with me in return! Obviously, writing things of this nature isn’t always the easiest thing to do but knowing that it reaches people such as yourself who need to hear it is what makes it completely worth while. Have a beautiful day.

      - Chris

  2. Tom Brechlin says:

    Chris, thank you for sharing your awesome journey and congrats on your two year mark. Looking back at your journey, do you think there was anything someone could have said an/or done that would have brought you to this point earlier in your life?

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to read it Tom. Regarding your question, truth be told, I really don’t think so. I think I’m hearing the same things now, in both the 12 Step Fellowship, as well as the spiritual teachings I learn from, but the difference is that now I’m ready to hear them and I wasn’t then. It took me being completely broken, and I mean on every level- mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically to finally throw in the towel and begin to take a look at what exactly was going on in my life (inside and out).

      The great thing however is that everyone doesn’t need to be broken like I was in order to begin making the necessary changes and internal exploration that will start the healing process. Everyone’s bottoms are different, mine just happened to take me to the brink of death a few times. But if that’s what it took, and I’m able to stay committed to this path and help others, than it was worth it.

      Thanks again for your comment and taking the time to read this. Have a great day!

      - Chris

  3. Robert Nolan says:

    When the addict/alcoholic can finally embrace the notion that they are worth the work that recovery entails they can succeed at this process. Getting there is no simple feat but a crucial one nonetheless.

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