Learned Empathy

When I think back to when I first entered the rooms, I see I had no empathy. I judged everyone at first. I truly was a lost soul.Little by little, I heard words I could relate to. I would idolize who ever was speaking. Still, I wasn't identifying from my heart, listening with my heart, but I was making progress toward listening with just my heart.

I guess my heart was so buried, it took my nearly four years to get through the steps. While I was working on them, I heard more and more of the whole person. I even had empathy here and there - no hostages were taken. Just the unspoken understanding that I knew just for a moment or two that they were coming from the same pain I had known. And I settled in. without words, and very gently, in connecting to them.

Over time I grew more aware of my heart and my feelings. I was even able to share where exactly I was at - on the verge of being the healthiest human I had ever been.

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After rehab, in-home care, and/or extended care, we think sober living is the next logical step toward recovery life. From SAMHSA research, we offer the four pillars of recovery: (1) community, (some life skill support,) (2) mental and physical wellness; including membership at the gym and yoga studio, an emphasis on whole food in shared evening meals, and professional therapy delivered from the surrounding community, (3) finding purpose in work or school and (4) re-integrating into a re-structured family dynamic or a new home. We welcome those with or without a history of treatment .

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