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covered in sores that would not heal, no money, no driver’s license, lapsing insurance, and unable to function without a blood alcohol level that would render most people comatose. Commitment to Engaging in Beneficial Behavior It was time for a change in Tito’s lifestyle but over a decade of learned behavior was not easily dissuaded. He believed in change but felt it was just out of his grasp. Despite multiple failures, the desire to reform his life endured through three inpatient programs and one long-term rehabilitation program. In order to do this, he pulled strength from every corner of his being. Among those that gave him strength was his mother and father, friends, and above all, his personal desires for himself. He believed deep down that he could change and that his life could have meaning beyond his addictions that had ruled over him for so long. He always valued strength and commitment and these valued beliefs helped pull him from his acquired path of destruction. Tito found a new strength in his belief in change. This opened a world he had long forgotten and brought about a new chapter in his life. His commitment to change endured and proved to be stronger than his learned behavior from the past decade. He began to value hard 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 be proud of. Perceived Barriers Along the road, there were many barriers Tito perceived to be impassable, the largest being the desire to drink alcohol. Because he had spent the last decade drinking alcohol through the better part of each day, he learned how to function in daily life filled with it. Living a sober life was foreign to him and he lacked the ability to function without alcohol. This was no small thing as he equated living a sober life to that of learning to walk again. This is hard to comprehend, but one must remember that any new task is difficult, takes time, and requires dedication to master. His behavior had to change, and a new one adopted. Stresses were a new feeling that required adaptation because of his newfound lack of a coping mechanism. Forming Self-Efficacy Strength 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 from new influences that gave him strength, not unlike the strength brothers-in-arms feel in the service to a just cause. He found strength in the words of those who had traveled the path he was facing now, and rallied in their war cries. These were not the cries of the 300 Spartans who stood at “The Hot Gates” in the battle of Thermopylae, but they rang as loud, and clear in his mind, as those of the free Greeks who fought against the tyranny of Persia. After his stay in rehabilitation, he was reborn a new person. The rebirth brought about a new confidence in his abilities and forged a new strength, a strength that would overcome any adversity. He was alive

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