On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and presented to Great Britain, signifying the birth of our nation, The United States of America. With that came freedom and liberty. With that came the greatest country on earth. We remember our forefathers and the men and women who gave their lives so long ago, as well as the men and women that still fight today, that we may enjoy gift of freedom.
The 4th of July and recovery from addiction share the same ideals. When we are in active addiction we are slaves; dependent and held captive by drugs and alcohol. Addiction keeps us trapped in a self-perpetuating state of being restless, irritable, and discontent. Once we enter into recovery we are beginning to become independent ourselves. We are freed from the bondage that has gripped most of us through our lifetime. At Clearbrook today, we celebrate national independence as well as freedom from the chains of our addiction.
We wish you all a Happy 4th of July and pray that today, and everyday, your lives are happy, joyous, and FREE!