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Living on the Edge of Sanity

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For many, life becomes unmanageable at times. One thing is certain – pain is inevitable. This pain can gnaw at you - tossing you into addictive habits, making you believe that there is no hope, and cause you to feel raw, worthless, and hopeless. It's as if you have been damned by God.


Left untreated, this condition and situation can send somebody into a downward spiral. Getting out of that spiral seems inconceivable and only further pain and misery are destined to take place. When living on the edge of sanity, finding hope seems out of the question. However, finding hope is the way out!

The above may sound far fetched but all too real for people battling mood disorders and addictive behaviors. The edge is a two-sided sword – one that cuts you down and one that propels you forward.

When living on the edge, an energy that is created inside of us will attract the same energy externally.

Focusing on doom will create doom over and over again. It is a maddening cycle to wake up each morning and to expect that the day will only bring pain and misery.

One the other hand, focusing on goodness, well, that brings something quite different entirely.

Focusing on goodness seems absurd to those who find themselves struggling day to day.

  • How could we be happy in the face of legal issues, job stress, family resentments, unpaid debts, and a horrible drug or alcohol habit?
  • How can we feel happy after all the problems we have caused or after what they have done to us?

The Other Side of Living on the Edge

The brighter side of living on the edge is recreating ourselves, pulling ourselves up out of the spiral and doing life differently.

Is this easy?

Of course not.

This is why thousands struggle each day with mood disorders and addiction. Can it be done? Yes, it can but this type of living on the edge means living on the edge of well-being.

In order to change, we need to change our ways – not somebody else's. We cannot hope to change by the efforts of others – it’s an inside job. Living on the edge means taking small little incremental steps daily and sometime hourly to lock in the new ways of acting, thinking, feeling, and being in the world. Let’s face it – they aren’t going to change but you can if you make the commitment to walk the walk and stay on the path.

We see people from all walks of life living on the edge.

This is a battle – though a battle worth fighting. Far too many have given up from lack of hope, lack of direction, lack of support, or simply from lack of effort. Each person has the ability to win this fight. We were all born with all of the proper tools to do so. Guidance then becomes the key. Far too many of us have forgotten about our innate ability to persevere and thrive.

Learn how this can work for you. Call or email us to discuss your personal situation. We're here to help.

About The Clearing

The Clearing is a residential treatment center located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington. We created The Clearing in response to the pervasiveness of treatment centers that focus more on luxury than modern, evidence-based therapy.

Our approach is based on healing the underlying core issues that cause addiction. If you'd like to learn more, contact us, or download our free eBook:

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Gregg Makuch

This post was written by Gregg Makuch

Gregg helps get the word out about The Clearing. When he’s not riding his bike and enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Islands, Gregg loves to cook and spend time with his family.

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