Remembering Dr. Suess

Reading Dr. Seuss

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

March 2 is Dr. Suess’s birthday and has become National Dr. Suess Day. We decided to discuss his legacy on our blog because his work serves as a reminder to embrace our inner child. His words, like the above quotation, show that even children are entertained and excited by deep realizations about life.

His work incorporates profound commentary on the human experience. He does this in such a playful and approachable manner that people from all walks of life and age ranges can relate. Some of his most famous works include  Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). His ability to adhere to a simple storyline and a consistent rhyming scheme makes his literary contribution that much more memorable.

By simplifying complex interactions, Dr. Suess boils life down to the bare minimum. Sometimes, while seeking treatment for substance use, it can be helpful to recall those simpler times and first realizations about life. What makes you feel like a kid again? What makes you feel Youer than You?

The answers to those questions will surely help you cope as you navigate the territory of recovery and sobriety. When we are first learning to talk and to walk, we invent and repeat funny mannerisms or phrases. There is a silliness to healing after substance use that goes under-discussed. Think about how you can tap into your sense of humor to overcome the odds posed by your addiction. It’s worth an honest shot.

Today is National Dr. Suess Day, March 2, and the birthday of our late, great children’s novelist. When celebrating his legacy, we are thinking of how his work applies to the recovery process. How can you use humor to make profound statements about your journey to sobriety? At Valiant Living, our men’s only treatment facility in Denver, Colorado, we may make you laugh and cry. The process of healing from substance use disorder and co-occurring mental illness takes time – and oddly, a reflection on easier times. To fully heal, it helps to recall those moments pre-addiction, when you were in the prime of youth. Perhaps, you were reading a Dr. Suess book. Whatever it may be, our expert staff hopes to help you tap into those early formed strengths so you can overcome life’s present challenges. To learn more about our inpatient and outpatient services, you can reach us today at (303) 952-5035.