As a person who is 25 years along the path of Recovery, “fighting every day in ways that most people don’t understand,” really resonates with me.
The guy in this graphic is my Brother in suffering and in Recovery.
Though I prefer the terms “strive,”or on some days “struggle,” to the term “fight,” in the end it all boils down to the fact that those of us with mental illnesses, addictions, or trauma-related disorders need to put forth an effort to keep our chronic, terminal maladies at bay.
The stakes are high. As we say in AA, our disease is “out in the parking lot doing push-ups.” And if we let up on our recovery regimens, the likely consequences are premature death, homelessness, or institutionalization.
My Bipolar Disorder, Alcoholism, and Porn Addiction aren’t going away. I need to keep remembering that. And acting accordingly.