Step 2 – Michael Kerr

Mike Kerr, Recovery Coach Segue Program Benchmark Recovery Center   Hello, everyone, my name is Mike Kerr. I’m a recovery coach at the Segue program at Benchmark Recovery Center. A little over three years ago, I walked into the doors of Benchmark, and I was in a place where I was willing to hear an answer. I didn’t know what that answer was. I didn’t know what the answer looked like, but I needed an answer. What happened while I was there was incredible, considering that I walked in very humbled, humiliated and willing to hear something different, do something different, wanted to think […]

Sometimes I Have to Pinch Myself

How did I get here? A man like me is not supposed to get the redemption I have been granted. I rolled into BRC Recovery in July of 2012 a broken man. I had crashed three cars that year and overdosed twice. I lived in San Antonio within a 10-mile radius of my mom, my sister, my niece and nephew, but none of them wanted anything to do with me. I was surprised I had made it to the age of 45. I thought I had nothing left to offer anyone. How wrong I was! I learned how to be […]

Step 11

I woke up this morning feeling rested after a night of good sleep. My routine is to wake early, fix my coffee, curl up on my couch, pray, meditate and bring my God into my day. This is my favorite time of the day. It is my time for me, alone. My time of pure peace! Everything was going great until I sat down on the couch…panic set in! How is one person going to get everything done that needs to be done? Especially between the hours of 3:30 and 10pm; 3 schools to pick up from, 2 baseball games, […]

Not Busy

Recently I read a blog article in the Huffington Post titled “Busy is a Sickness“. It described the self-created crisis of busy days and lives which most of us today are so familiar with. It went on to detail how this approach to life really is a soul sickness rampant in our society. Interesting concept and the timing is ironic, here’s why. Ten days ago I had a surgery and because of that I have been home recovering… Ten.Whole.Days. Ten days of aches and pains, bed rest, daytime television, takeout dinners, Facebook and Instagram. Mercifully, the staff at BRC has […]

Enslaved to Drugs

…“though he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.” –Big book, pg. xxxii Recently, the Austin Stone Community Church Story Team published an article written about one of BRC Recovery’s alumnus, Alex. His story, “Enslaved to Drugs”, is one which is  heard too often. Alex’s drug addiction began in high school after a string of injuries ended his possibilities for a college football career. He attempted sobriety many times, but each attempt was quickly met by relapse and mounting disappointment until eventually he checked into BRC Recovery in January 2013. While he was a resident at BRC, Alex started […]

Bullet Points and Bottom Lines

  Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe….Voltaire To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible…Thomas Aquinas     I am not a great storyteller. I am more comfortable speaking directly- in bullet points and bottom lines. But there is one story I heard not too long ago that I really loved, and it really resonated with me. It goes something like this… We have all been to the circus and watched the acrobats walk across the tightrope. It is nerve-wracking to watch someone […]

Coming Full Circle….The Serendipity of Helping Others

  “We have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence…”   —The Big Book, 4th edition, Chapter 2, There Is A Solution, page 25 The longer I am in recovery, the more I am amazed at the miracles and opportunity for even greater service to others. Recently, I was having a conversation with an old friend who was in the admissions department at the treatment program where I found recovery. In fact, he answered the phone when I made the last, desperate call for help, and was instrumental in my admission and ultimate recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. […]

My Road to Recovery: Making Internal Peace and Freedom a Personal Reality

by Susan Colig The mind is a powerful thing — capable of learning, understanding, reasoning, and creating many things. But for years, there was one silent question that plagued me. Why can’t I stop drinking? I don’t know exactly when I stopped asking myself that question, but I did. I had resigned myself to the facts before me. I would always drink. That’s just how it was going to be. My mind couldn’t conceive of it ever possibly being any different than that. And on I went, literally drinking myself to death. I got to a place I thought only I knew. […]