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Respect = Wealth

The standard measurement for what determines wealth in our society is wrong. Wealth is not about how many assets or "things" you own. True wealth is realized through meaningful relationships. We all need people who support, love, and trust us because without that, finding joy and satisfaction in life will be very difficult, regardless of what we own.

Building meaningful relationships starts with respect, and respect is not something you can buy; it must be earned through living life in a certain way. To gain respect, we must:

  • Live with humility rather than entitlement.

  • Asking "Am I being selfish" before making decisions.

  • Saying "please" and "thank you."

  • Listening and being polite, even when you may disagree.

  • Be strong, be open-minded, and recognize it is not all about me.

  • Show a willingness to change and admit when you are wrong.

  • Don't share things about others that you would not want shared about yourself.

  • Contribute, forgive and be willing to give more.

  • Eliminate jealousy and resentment.

However, before we can have meaningful relationships with anyone else, we must have one with ourselves. Like above, self-respect is built through purposeful action, and below are a few of the ways we can do that:

  • Do what is right, even when no one is looking.

  • Continually seek growth and knowledge.

  • Trust, accept, and learn.

  • Appreciate the emotions and feelings you experience.

  • Set boundaries and follow through on them.

  • Make nutrition, exercise, sleep, and mindfulness part of your routine.

  • Live by your principles and purpose.

  • Don't make excuses or blame others; be responsible and accountable.

  • Put yourself in healthy environments.

  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone.

  • Remember that you are human, and humans make mistakes.

  • Do what you say.

Being respectful costs nothing; it is a simple choice we make each day. This is why how much joy and satisfaction you experience in life has nothing to do with what you own and everything to do with how you act. Work to build meaningful relationships with yourself and others through being respectful. If you do, watch the amount of wealth that enters your life, both emotionally and monetarily.


Mercy Care insurance along with other AHCCCCS plans are accepted for addiction treatment services at Choice Recovery. Located in downtown Mesa, Arizona, Choice Recovery offers alcohol and drug treatment in the morning, at night, and via telehealth. Our evidence-based program focuses on building a strong foundation in recovery that will remain part of your life long after treatment concludes.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) is designed to help those suffering with drug and alcohol addiction integrate back into their lives without the need for mind altering substances. Choice Recovery offers group and individual counseling as well as provides all clients with a support coach. For more information on which insurance plans we take, private and AHCCCS, please call us at 480-594-4951 or email us at


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