Chris Backeberg lives to support individuals, groups, and communities garner a deeper sense of identity, place, and purpose. He is the Clinical Manager at Pathways Bermuda, an addiction treatment and recovery center. He helps men and women create a successful path to recovery and go beyond their suffering. Chris also knows what it’s like to suffer, having recovered from addiction himself since 1996 and now coping with cancer. Chris said that these experiences have taught him that some suffering is unnecessary. Although Chris spent 18 years living in the U.S., Canada, and UK, Bermuda is his home. He said that he has been inspired by intrigue and a restless disposition, which led him to use education, healing and spirituality to explore and find his way in the world.
Viktor Frankl wrote in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, “There is no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.” Chris Backeberg is someone who has intimate knowledge of suffering – his and others. His work at Pathways Bermuda includes counseling and otherwise healing substance abusers. Chris has had his own healing and recovery from addiction. On this episode, Chris and I talk about his relationship to suffering, why we need to embrace our suffering, and the power of community. We all have this courage that Frankl spoke of. As you listen to the show, take the opportunity to practice this courage, the courage to suffer. Peace and freedom are available on the other side.Segment 1: The way of suffering