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In their classic 1992 text, The Spirituality of Imperfection, Ernie Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham described six dimensions of spirituality at the core of the recovery experience: release, gratitude, humility, tolerance, forgiveness, and being-at-home. In my prolonged mentorship by and collaborations with Ernie, we often returned to those central themes.
Meet Molly, one of our “Mama’s in Recovery”. Molly took the time to sit down with Faces & Voices of Recovery to share a bit of her story.
Molly leans on the ladies for support. “The group chats…get me out of my shell…I have acquaintances but not deep friendships…these girls make plans and I just show up…it’s hard sometimes to accept that they are there for me and that they care. I wonder sometimes if they do but they really do care”.
I was listening to James Taylor’s song, “Fire and Rain.” He wrote about his lived experience. A friend died, he had a “monkey on his back” and spent time in rehab for a “drug problem.” He wrote this line: I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend. He found one in Carol King and collaborated on the song “You’ve Got a Friend. I like this verse: you're down and troubled and you need some love and care… the distant past, I enjoyed the drug alcohol, my only drug of choice. It was cheap, accessible, and legal. It served many purposes, alleviating pain in mind and body. I came to realize the pain stays mainly in the brain. Eliza Doolittle “My Fair Lady” might have said, it done well for me, till it done me in. I learned from a friend that alcohol is out to kill you, but first it wants to get you alone. It wants to be your best and only friend. And, I might add, it says, you don’t need family either.