Caron treatment Centers has put forth the concept of "recovery for life." In the name of full disclosure, I am a Regional Clinical Vice President with that organization, but I must tell you I love that statement and the philosophy it represents.

The greatest intellectual and spiritual thinkers of the past, oh let us say, 500 years, have always inculcated the notion that life must go forward not backward! They realized that in order for humans to live productive lives, the totality of mind and body (spiritual and physical, if you will), must be appreciated in the context of the moment - the past is over and the future is constantly evolving.

Think of the philosopher, Theophrastus Phillippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, known as Paracelsus, who saw the body/spirit as evolving "for life." An alchemist and philosopher of the Renaissance period, Paracelsus believed in the concept of changing things from one state to another - if you relate this to sobriety, the individual is thus in a state of change as he/she changes from a physical and spiritual state of active addiction to a state of sobriety.

The saying, "recovery for life," is fascinating for yet another reason - it indicates that an individual should be interested in staying sober for the entirety of their life, but it also indicates that you must have recovery in order to have life. Folks, we all want to raise our children in a future world of safety, caring, ultimate nurturance, abundance of natural resources, healthy nutrition, etc. In order to do so, we must realize that the mind and the body are indeed one and that we must honor our chemistry as part of the human race.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month." Be aware of what you put in your bodies and how it impacts your mental state, or you will never possess a sober, mentally healthy life - not just during these months but for life!

Take 60 Seconds to watch this video that embodies Recovery for Life:

About the Author

Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., CASAC

Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., CASAC, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; he is also with Caron Treatment Centers.

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