from addict 2 advocate

Okay, I Need to Change – But to What?

In one of my first lectures in treatment, I kept hearing about the spiritual principles that I needed to incorporate into my recovery.  For the principles listing on the sign-up sheet, I falsely assumed that I’d go to a dimly lit room, with incense wafting and cloistered monks reading from musty, dusty tomes.  I hoped that they would enlighten me and give me ancient wisdom on how to change.

Instead, I learned from recovering people like myself in recovery support meetings.

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from addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis transforming distorting

Addiction is Distorting, Recovery is Transforming

How convenient and dishonest to say that all the harmful things I did to people were in my use. Then I could blame my behaviors, attitudes and actions on a substance, not the shadow aspects of myself or my character defects. Although my use distorted my thinking, behaviors, and attitudes, it was the shadow aspects or myself and my character defects that fueled my actions as much as my use.

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from addict 2 advocate

Hitting Bottom: High Ones, Low Ones, and Choosing One

Many people have tried to recover and hit yet another lower bottom because they keep trying unsuccessful methods.  If this has happened to you, then this bottom can be the last if you do things differently.
 
I’ve always thought that the quote from Israelmore Ayivor speaks to all the ways we’ve tried to overcome our addiction on our own, and haven’t been successful. “You need to GIVE UP on methods that always give you wrong results… No matter how committed you are with a wrong formula, it always gives a wrong answer. Give up!” 

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