I preach because I am committed to helping people win! I am committed to the next generation. No one dies on my watch if it could have been prevented. I raised 6 kids, adopted and fostered and I've seen it all in my 20 plus years in medicine. The sadness I have seen in people has developed an inner drive in me to help Addiction Patients beat this fatal disease process both mentally and physically but above all spiritually.
I truly believe (based on the thousands of medical charts I have personally written) that people fall into Addiction due to the "stuff" that happened in their life. Usually this "stuff" was done to them from other people. It wasn't the person's fault, and if everything was right in their world, it probably would never have happened. However, once this cycle starts it only gets worse in every way possible.
The days of just going to any medical provider are over, especially in Addiction Medicine. You must "hire" someone who can help you achieve you goal. Counselors are a dime a dozen and so is the Addiction Medical field. Addicts and people suffering with Addiction and Substance Abuse need a Coach with a long term plan to make sure their patients make it to the finish line with great results. It's a mind set, its not a job. Some healthcare people are just not coaches or mentors. You must work with someone who keeps you accountable and someone you trust and someone you respect and someone you will listen to, even if it's not what you want to hear. It's a relationship built on complete trust and expertise. I have seen the worst people functioning in the role of counselor and I immediately knew that patient is now at an even greater vulnerable risk.
My prayer for any Substance Abuse Person reading this blog is you get up, decide to work with us and lets get this disease under control and make sure you get back to living life with passion, goals and success! I tell all my Addiction Patients I want to be invited to your wedding, I am coming to see your new place of employment, I want to see your business, I want an invite when you get your kids back, or marriage back or home back or are released from legal requirements. You will be successful and you can begin again walking in truth, healing and recovery! You don't need to live on the streets selling drugs, homeless and stealing. That's a choice.
You can be a successful person. Take the first step of success and sit down (alone) and "create" a vision board. You must create it! An actual "visual" board that your brain can see every day and download what it sees, into your heart. See what YOU want your life to look like. You have to "see it" before you begin to create it.
I created my own vision board today full of news articles about substance abuse statistics and Substance Abuse victims, that I am looking forward to meeting this week, next week, next year and helping launch their new recovered lives that are full of love, peace, joy and happiness! I created my Addiction Ministry vision board based on God's Word that I know has the power within itself, to cause the Word to come to pass! This is a direct translation of the scripture in the Greek translated as, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
The scripture teaches that whatever you want to come out of our mouth, you should deposit in your heart! Psalms 119:11 says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Hide the Word of God in your heart! Store it up there! Joshua 1:8, "This book of instruction shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
If you want to be "prosperous," and "have good success," then you should meditate on God's Word! Then, what you have stored in your heart will come out of your mouth... and that word, God's Word, will have the power within itself to cause itself to come to pass!
Speak your Faith! Speak your Recovery!
Dr. Carly Willeford
Dr. Carly Willeford
1 in 25 adults has a serious mental illness in a given year. That adds up to 10.4 million people, or 4.2% of U.S. adults 18 or older. Can you imagine how this impacts Addiction Substance Abuse/Disease?