Fly like an eagle — or at least like a crow

Posted by Michael Brunner, Ph.D.
February 10, 2015

Michael Brunner PhD

I often try to find lessons in life, including those conveyed in the natural order of things — such as crows mobbing an owl. What crows have learned is that there is strength in numbers. They flock together with birds of their feather to achieve a common goal. They’ve learned that if they go at it alone, they could end up as owl meat, so they find friends to fend off the threat. The crows are probably able to solve the owl problem more effectively because they come up with more anti-owl strategies when they put their birdbrains together.

Like crows that take on owls, people are much more likely to achieve success in life when they surround themselves with others who are on their side, who fight the fight with them and who provide them with support. Families, friends and loved ones can be the keys to success in any endeavor, and this includes overcoming addiction. In addition, hanging out with and finding support from people who have a common goal — for example, those in mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous — is a proven success strategy. It’s also wise to attack problems from all sides, using more than one strategy in case the first one doesn’t work.

Addiction can be as lethal to people as are owls to crows. In order to beat back the ravages of addiction, take heed from the world around you. Don’t go at it alone, travel with others who are fighting the same fight and use multiple strategies until you find the combination that works for you. More than anything else, focus, focus, focus on driving off threats to your recovery. When living a healthy, substance-free life is your priority, your chances of success soar.

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