I’m Bill McInerney and for the past thirty plus years I’ve been actively engaged in the recovery process as an active friend of Bill W.
In December 2010 I received a Certificate in Alcoholism / Substance Abuse Counseling Program from Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts.
I interned at The Lowell House in Lowell, MA and went on to become a recovery support worker at Tewksbury State Hospital in Tewkesbury, MA.
In 2011 I joined Keystone Hall in Nashua NH which is a 24-7, 28 days residential live-in treatment facility, for men and women in Nashua NH. In March 20916 The Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals awarded me a Certificate as a Certified Recovery Support Worker, #47 by the State of New Hampshire.
In July 2016 I joined Keystone’s Hall statewide Addiction Crisis Line..
Over the past three decades I have read numerous books on psychology, alcoholism, addiction theory, substance abuse treatment programs, medical journals and other publications. And I am daily learning new material.
From modern science I have learned that we have made great progress in the advanced physical study of the human brain with the advance imaging techniques and other methods.
However, I’m of the opinion that while we’ve made great scientific progress we have lost some basic philosophical and perhaps historical cultural concepts on the way. For example, I’m a firm believer in the remarkable 13 Principals of Success as written by Benjamin Franklin. They are as follows:
- Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
- Silence: Speak not but what benefit others, yourself” avoid trifling conversations.
- Order: Let all things have their places: let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought to perform; perform without fail what you resolve.
- Ffrugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; waste nothing.
- Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
- Sincerity: Use no harmful deceit, think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice: wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness’ in body, clothes or habitation.
- Tranquility: Be not disturbed by trifles nor at accidents.
- Chastity: Be chase in all matters with the opposite sex.
- Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
While the language is old the message is clear. I think that these 13 principals can benefit anyone trying to recovery from from alcoholism or drug addiction.