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Saturday, March 03, 2012
A goal of recovery is to attain a "healthy heart." By that, I mean sobriety. It involves healing a broken, empty heart by stopping certain self-destructive behaviors ... and staying stopped. As one group of doctors put it, "Sobriety means establishing and maintaining a balanced lifestyle." At the same time, I think it's more than just "not doing" certain things. It also involves for the most part personal growth and well being. It's not what you avoid doing, but what you grow toward, that makes a "healthy heart" truly possible. Such personal growth and well being occurs in varied realms - your physical health, your emotional, psychological, and social welfare. But all of this needs to be undergirded by spiritual growth. Without that, none of the others can be sustained.