The Contradiction of Addiction

by Daniel · 0 comments

“After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.” — Alcoholics Anonymous 4th ed., pg. xxix

Everyone has the capacity to recover.  However, alcohol is so cunning and baffling that we get caught up in the contradiction of addiction.  We look at the Skid-row bum as the measurement for alcoholic.  We look at our patterns where we can stop drinking or drugging for spurts and some of us for months at a time and we confuse that as control!  We are a walking contradiction because “we are not like that”!

The question we must ask ourselves is, “what is it that we truly want out of life?”  Do you want mediocrity or less?  Is it okay to go on a bender here and there?  Maybe you pay the price physically with a hangover.  Or maybe you end up with a DWI, or lost marriage, fail your children, you get the picture I am sure.  Recovery is about living life productively and joyfully one day at a time.  If alcohol or other substances are getting in the way even sporadically then recovery may be a good option for you.  What do you have to lose?

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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