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Pivot Points in Recovery

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by lisby1

Article by Robert Pardon

The other day I heard a person in recovery use a term that I had heard before, but not in the context of recovering from addiction. The term was pivot point and it was the way it was used it that was intriguing to me. A pivot point can be defined as a turning point or place in one’s life when the direction or the course we are on is changed and that change leads to recovery. These times in the life of those addicted come and go from time to time and are usually accompanied by an emotional upheaval.

It could be as subtle as an argument that causes us to stop and think or more serious as losing one more job, the wife or husband leaving a note saying they have left, or the loss of a loved one. Whatever it is it varies from person to person and how each pivot point affects each person differently. One pivot point that moves one from their destructive path might not move the next person.

I had a friend whose family called me in for a drug intervention. We were able to get him into a drug treatment center. He lasted for a few weeks and then he left. He ended up backing up over his 18-month daughter and nearly killed her. That is what I call an opportunity for a pivot point and yet he did not respond. He now had lost his wife, his daughter, home and everything else that goes with it. I have not heard from him in over 6 years. I can tell you of many other stories both in my life and in thousands of others I have met over the years.

What is your pivot point? Have you had yours yet? If you have had your pivot point and it has turned you to recovery then congratulations and keep coming back. If the pivot points have stopped you in your tracks, but you have not used them as the change in direction you need to get and stay clean and sober, then what is it going to take? How many more pivot points do you think you are going to get? Death and destruction are all that await the addict who doesn’t heed the call of the pivot point. What is it going to be for you?

I know what my final pivot point was, but that might not be it for you. I remember it was February of 1986 and I was standing in front of my bathroom mirror. I had been out the night before after losing my job and going to a local bar. In Las Vegas most all bars had slot machines for you to get drunk and broke at the same time. It was there at Davey’s Locker that my pivot came from.

I had lost my last 0 and as I looked at my reflection that morning all I saw was death. I was 32 years old and I was going to die and there was nothing I could do about it. I wanted to live and it was in that pivot point that I decided to call out for help. That day I entered into a treatment center. I would drink and use one more time, but from April 25, 1986 I have been clean and sober.

About the Author

Robert Pardon is the founder of becomingwellnow.com, a website that offers recovery information and solutions for those who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction.

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