Title: Total Recovery: Balancing Head & Heart, Body & Soul in Recovery
Author: Jim Parker
Publisher: Do It Now Foundation
Publication Date: February 1999
Catalog Number: 222

Preface: First Things First

Knowing ignorance
is strength.
Ignoring knowledge is sickness.

— Lao Tsu

It’s a different world out there

It is, at least, if you’re making
your way back from a problem with chemical dependency, and if
you compare the way things are with the way they were a few weeks
or months ago.

You can probably see it most
clearly in your decision to stop using what you had been using
— alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, whatever — that had been a pretty
big part of your life.

Your life probably seems a lot
more up in the air as a result.

It may be in shambles, it may
not be. But the pieces of your life probably seem a lot more
precariously balanced than before.

And you’re likely facing questions
now where there had been only answers, and confronting uncertainty
in a life grown comfortable — or at least predictable — with

Your future probably seems equally
up for grabs. You may be rethinking directions that, until recently,
went without question. And suddenly, you feel an obligation to
think through where you’re going — and just as important, how
you’re going to get there.

That’s what this book is about:
How you’re going to get to where you’re going. We can’t tell
you where you ought to go with your life, but we can provide
some tips on ways you can get yourself there, keeping yourself
whole — and your recovery intact — in the process.

We’ll do it by introducing you
to some concepts that, weeks or months ago, might have struck
you as a little weird or, at least, unnecessarily difficult —
ideas about stress and nutrition and exercise that may make a
lot more sense to you now.

We’ll also make suggestions for
activities you can easily incorporate into your life to make
your recovery less difficult and more satisfying — both for
yourself and the people you care about.

That’s the real purpose of this
book: to help you put the pieces of your life back together in
a way that both makes sense and makes permanent recovery possible.

And it is possible. In
fact, it could turn out to be the very best part of your life.
It has been for me.

This book is dedicated to you.
Thanks for giving me a reason to write it.

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