Title:

  Total Recovery: Balancing Head & Heart, Body & Soul in Recovery
 Author:   Jim Parker
Publisher:   Do It Now Foundation

 Publication Date:

  February 1999

 Catalog No:

  222

Preface: First Things First

Knowing ignorance is strength.
Ignoring knowledge is sickness.

-- Lao Tsu

It's a different world out there today.

It is, at least, if you're making your way back from a problem with chemical dependency, and if you compare the way things are with the way they were a few weeks or months ago.

You can probably see it most clearly in your decision to stop using what you had been using -- alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, whatever -- that had been a pretty big part of your life.

Your life probably seems a lot more up in the air as a result.

It may be in shambles, it may not be. But the pieces of your life probably seem a lot more precariously balanced than before.

And you're likely facing questions now where there had been only answers, and confronting uncertainty in a life grown comfortable -- or at least predictable -- with routine.

Your future probably seems equally up for grabs. You may be rethinking directions that, until recently, went without question. And suddenly, you feel an obligation to think through where you're going -- and just as important, how you're going to get there.

That's what this book is about: How you're going to get to where you're going. We can't tell you where you ought to go with your life, but we can provide some tips on ways you can get yourself there, keeping yourself whole -- and your recovery intact -- in the process.

We'll do it by introducing you to some concepts that, weeks or months ago, might have struck you as a little weird or, at least, unnecessarily difficult -- ideas about stress and nutrition and exercise that may make a lot more sense to you now.

We'll also make suggestions for activities you can easily incorporate into your life to make your recovery less difficult and more satisfying -- both for yourself and the people you care about.

That's the real purpose of this book: to help you put the pieces of your life back together in a way that both makes sense and makes permanent recovery possible.

And it is possible. In fact, it could turn out to be the very best part of your life. It has been for me.

This book is dedicated to you. Thanks for giving me a reason to write it.


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