The Last Man On The Moon – A Metaphor for Recovery

December 1, 2013

20131201-053858.jpgBy Terence T. Gorski

Gene Cernan is the last man to walk in the moon. The journalist commended him on his courage and asked how he dealt with the fear that he might be stranded with no way home, he said: “You don’t need a lot of courage when you are well prepared and have a clear vision of where you are going, what you are doing, and why. Each time you feel the fear, it pushes you to work the plan. I didn’t have guts and I’m not stupid. I didn’t go to the moon not to come back home. I went so I could bring new and more valuable information back with me. ”

Cernan explained that he had a plan A, a Plan B, thousands of hours of training, and the best team of experts walking behind him every step of the way. He views calculated risk as a way of life. He is not reckless. He sees calculated risk as a necessary survival tool.

“I am not stupid. I didn’t go to the moon not to come back home. I went so I could bring back new and more valuable information. ” ~ Astronaut Gene Cernan

I could see in his words a direct metaphor for addiction recovery. When we decide to recover, we take off on a journey. It is exciting. There are real risks, but we can come home with a better knowledge of who we are.

We need a desire to recover, a recovery plan, and a backup relapse prevention plan (a plan B). We also need to build our recovery team and make commitment to back each other up every step of the way. We must bring our mind with us into recovery.

“Nothing is hopeless unless you believe in your own mind that it is.” ~ Terence T. Gorski

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