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E-66: MY DISEASE WANTS ME DEAD
Firefighter Keith Vitale
Do you want to know what life looks like in active recovery? Listen to my friend Keith Vitale and you will be on your way. Keith shares his experience, strength and hope about what life was like in the disease of alcoholism and how it changed because he decided to get honest with himself and others. He now lives a life free from addiction and mental anguish.
Recovery’s not a quick fix, if you go into it half assed, you’ll not have a good run at it and likely will continue to live your life in distress, torment, loss and heartache. It’s a marathon not a sprint. One day at a time, all we have is now. Depression lives in the past and anxiety lives in the future, stay present. Taking direction from others is difficult if you think your way is the only way you want to go. It takes courage to drop your fists and admit your ass was kicked, surrender. Surrender doesn’t mean defeat; it means moving over to the winning side. If you want to keep fighting and somehow, you’ll win, that’s your choice. But do you really have a choice to stop on your own and live your life as if this is just a phase or something you want to forget? I tried that and the hand of God just struck me down. I needed to be beaten, broken and scarred before I decided to surrender and stop fighting. I really only had a few other options, one actually, death. Thankfully I found a way out and vowed to share how I did it with others. These may be harsh words to hear if you’re suffering and just angry at the world. If it stings, then you’re in the right place. Remember, untreated mental health issues want to KILL YOU!!! This is not a game, this is not a trick or promotional fantasy, this is life, and this world NEEDS YOU in it. You’re not alone, and you’re worth it no matter what your rabbit mind tells you. Don’t believe the lies. Come all the way in and sit all the way down, with both sides of your ass.