Day 10, July 9
In the desert now. Cold Springs Station was part of the Pony Express route of 1860. Except for the black ribbon of Hwy 50 cutting across the desolate landscape, the area probably appears now much as it did 160 years ago. It took 10 days to communicate from Missouri and the end of the telegraph lines, to California by the Express, an amazing accomplishment in its day. Now, on this same Express route, I type and communicate thoughts and images instantly with the press of a button, not only to CA but around the world. Stunning isn’t it? How much we take for granted. Yet, would you say our communication has actually improved since 1860? Has our ability to understand each other developed with speed of our exchanges? Are our preconceptions, prejudices, and biases reduced? Do you feel better understood?
Someone needing, entering, within, and transitioning from recovery programs and efforts often faces misunderstandings and judgement from many of us that do not suffer their affliction. These misperceptions serve as headwinds to successful treatment and gaining back a healthy life. Changing societal attitudes takes time, real communication can be slow without a simple button to push. It changes one person at a time until a tipping point is reached. But it can change.
Addiction is a brain disease, it disrupts choice-making, it is treatable
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