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covered in sores that would not heal, no money, no driver’s license, lapsing insurance, andunable to function without a blood alcohol level that would render most people comatose.Commitment to Engaging in Beneficial BehaviorIt was time for a change in Tito’s lifestyle but over a decade of learned behaviorwas not easily dissuaded. He believed in change but felt it was just out of his grasp. Despitemultiple failures, the desire to reform his life endured through three inpatient programs and onelong-term rehabilitation program. In order to do this, he pulled strength from every corner of hisbeing. Among those that gave him strength was his mother and father, friends, and above all, hispersonal desires for himself. He believed deep down that he could change and that his life couldhave meaning beyond his addictions that had ruled over him for so long. He always valuedstrength and commitment and these valued beliefs helped pull him from his acquired path ofdestruction.Tito found a new strength in his belief in change. This opened a world he hadlong forgotten and brought about a new chapter in his life. His commitment to change enduredand proved to be stronger than his learned behavior from the past decade. He began to valuehard work, dedication, and a pursuit of excellence in the way his parents had intended. His road
was hard and the work arduous, but he remained strong in his desire to form a life he could beproud of.Perceived BarriersAlong the road, there were many barriers Tito perceived to be impassable, thelargest being the desire to drink alcohol. Because he had spent the last decade drinking alcoholthrough the better part of each day, he learned how to function in daily life filled with it. Livinga sober life was foreign to him and he lacked the ability to function without alcohol. This was nosmall thing as he equated living a sober life to that of learning to walk again. This is hard tocomprehend, but one must remember that any new task is difficult, takes time, and requiresdedication to master. His behavior had to change, and a new one adopted. Stresses were a newfeeling that required adaptation because of his newfound lack of a coping mechanism.Forming Self-EfficacyStrength was in short supply but fortunately there were loved ones who offered it.These loved ones did not all come in the form of family and friends of the past. They came fromnew influences that gave him strength, not unlike the strength brothers-in-arms feel in theservice to a just cause. He found strength in the words of those who had traveled the path he wasfacing now, and rallied in their war cries. These were not the cries of the 300 Spartans who stoodat “The Hot Gates” in the battle of Thermopylae, but they rang as loud, and clear in his mind, asthose of the free Greeks who fought against the tyranny of Persia. After his stay inrehabilitation, he was reborn a new person. The rebirth brought about a new confidence in hisabilities and forged a new strength, a strength that would overcome any adversity. He was alive