Meet Recovery Carrier Herby Bell
Today’s post is the fourth in a series of interviews with folks across the nation (and the Universe!) who embody a life of recovery, from the physical to the psychic. Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Herby Bell, an addiction recovery coach and licensed healthcare provider in chiropractic care. His practice is called Recovery Health Care. Herby also enlivens the airwaves with podcast series, Sober Conversations.
William White defines recovery carriers as “people, usually in recovery, who make recovery infectious to those around them by their openness about their recovery experiences, their quality of life and character, and the compassion they exhibit for those still suffering.” (www.williamwhitepapers.com, 2012)
When you hear the term “recovery carrier,”as it relates to addiction, what does that mean to you? Do you think you’re a recovery carrier?
In the tradition of the recovery carrier concept, Beth, I do believe I’ve caught the bug…I mean the buzz. Recovery IS contagious because it is all good things when it comes to beholding the ecstasy and the angst of Existence. Giving up chasing the buzz to literally entering into the Buzz of Life is what it feels like to me.
I remember the run-up to understanding just what in heaven was happening to me as I decided to give up what in hell had become of me. I’d go to the rooms of AA–and other places of healing–and listen. Stories…raw, world class, extraordinarily ordinary stories of, “What it was like, what happened and what it’s like now.”Dude, I wanted what they were having…Inspiration after inspiration until I began to realize, say and write my own story. The power of, “I can do this!”…WOW.
It seems to me I’ve “arrived”, (albeit just a parenthesis in my eternity) in a place now where it feels like my healthy compulsion to carry the message of recovery is really “none of my business.”As if reclaiming the unadulterated truth that I care deeply about my life, about others and the world through the lens and metaphor of recovery–is the reason I was born. And you know…I always did care. I just didn’t know how to get out of the self-imposed hell and prison I was in until I started listening to, and hearing other carriers. My turn. That kinna unapologetic, big picture, dignified, purpose and meaning and what I believe to be the transformational miracle of addiction recovery. My God, you’re evoking tears with this beautiful question.
You’re a recovery coach, a chiropractor and a believer in “optimizing metabolic machinery of the mind, body and spirit,” to quote your interview with Bill White. You’re also a person in long-term recovery. It sounds like you show up every day for work and bring all of yourself to the job at hand. Can you describe your work–especially the idea of recovery wellness–and tell me why you do it?
I love looking back and realizing that necessity truly is the mother of all invention. I learned to get and stay well because it was a matter of wellness or insanity, a matter of life or death.
(To read more of Herby’s interview, click Herby Bell 5-14)
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