This past week I traveled to King’s Dominion in Richmond Virginia with work. We took the residents of our therapeutic residential home as a day trip. Let me tell you: we had a blast. While there, I couldn’t help but think of the similarities between riding a roller coaster and working on recovery.
Like recovery, roller coasters are intimidating (especially if you have never been on one before). It’s often times asking for help the biggest initial challenge – just like getting on the roller coaster and getting buckled in.
For those of you who have been on roller coasters before, think back to one that has a steep incline heading up then drops you. In recovery we are often chugging up and up and up and then without warning something changes and we have to reassess.
When riding roller coasters we often don’t know what’s coming next (which is similar to life). The best we can do it hold on, regulate our emotions, and try to enjoy ourselves!
It’s always important to remember too that no two roller coasters are exactly the same; just like no two person’s recovery process will be exactly the same, so rather than comparing ourselves with the people around us it is more effective to focus on what is happening in front of you!
My name is Erin and This is Where I Stand