All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles have strengthened me…You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. Walt Disney
I recently read a research study on suffering and addiction. The study concluded that it is likely that suffering plays a significant role in recovery. I am not sure if this is a pearl however, I believe it strengthens our belief in the process of surrender. Many people early in the process get hung up on this thought of powerlessness. They seem to need to be in control or at least believe they are in control.
The truth is they do have quite a bit of control, but typically not until they are free of their substance of choice. When they are using the pain is increasing and their choices are limited. When they are free of mind altering substances and in a healing state such as AA or NA recovery they begin to have choices. Pain is the cornerstone to entering this process. When the pain becomes great enough they are encouraged to seek help.
Once they have begun the process the healing begins. They see the pain for what it is or was, a kick in the “arse” to healing!
Go, Go, Go…