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Posted by Tony Mellor on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Hi everyone. I hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas period and had a great new year!

I have had some time to think about what I would wish for during 2010, the year of recovery. In short, I would like the the MEDICAL services know that 12-step treatment is not 12-step recovery; there is a difference.

To me 12-step RECOVERY is for life. My 12-step TREATMENT helped me find it.

The following poem sums this up nicely:

12-step dream, not a nightmare
The dream was not a vision
Or some premonition like we were told
It was no figment of the imagination
To prove that we could recover and not be bought or sold
The doctor of the medication run
Could be revealed to the intelligent
But this is what I resent
Who cares for the ignorant, the intelligent
The cynic’s approach was mean
Who cares for anything in this whole wide world
except 12-step recovery for the still suffering addict
And this opinion must not confuse the issue
My appearance, my condition, Or state of delivery
I am stating the obvious
This is a recovery protest
There must be a conclusion
This is no Shakespearean speech
This is a statement
Made by one who can not always practice what he preaches
The statue of liberty
Has engraved on it’s wall
Give me your poor, give me your needy
Give me them all
We need recovery to be like this
For the treatment services to coexist
It would be so easy
To act so pretentious
To act as if it was hypocrisy
To act condescending
When in fact it’s the services we’re mending
And that’s why I can’t relax
Cause inside my coat now it’s a 12 step recovery that I pack
We must beware of a surprise emotional attack
We must be ready to keep coming back
I’m not pretending
Our services needs clearly mending
We must leave those standing
And not Forget the still suffering addict is never ending
Is starving, Is crying
Is desolate, Is oh so late
I would dearly love to keep coming back to return
Through a mirror in twenty years
And learn what the future has in store for us
And if I learned that 12 step recovery lost
And there was no hope
For those addicts in that emotional fight
I would turn to drink
And drink is drugs
And drugs would help me sink
And like of boat, I float
I sail out to the sky
To the universe and back
Maybe to give it another try
I don’t know why, why Bill w ?
Just to confirm our 12 step recovery
Just to learn, just to heal us all in 2010
12-step dream that keeps coming back…….and it’s not a nightmare anymore!
Welcome to the day.

May your new years days be full of feelings.

Over and out
2Tone

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