Principles of Recovery from Addictions
- Addiction is a brain disease of thinking and feeling that drives our behavior and severely
disrupts our emotional stability. It can also have a very powerful physical component.
- Addictive behavior is used to seek change, or relief, from our thinking and feeling.
- For the person with addiction, the problem is their thinking, not the world's behavior.
- The treatment (solution) for addiction is two-fold: abstain from the addictive behavior and learn to recognize the addictive thinking that promotes that behavior and not fall prey to it.
- Abstention from addictive behavior begins daily with a deep, personal commitment to not "use", no matter what.
- Since we commit to not "using", we must learn new ways to get relief (or change) through other people who have already learned to do it successfully.
- We learn to recognize addictive thinking by attending and participating in 12-Step meetings, having a meaningful and honest relationship with our sponsor and working the 12-Steps to acquire self-awareness.
- A relationship, especially when intimate, can effect us like an invisible drug.
- Some addictions and their co-occuring disorders can greatly benefit from the proper use of talk therapy and/or the use of medications.
- All aspects of my life are related to my Recovery, just as all aspects of my life were related to my addiction.
- Recovery is 100% voluntary. No one can make me do anything.
- Acceptance of a situation does not mean I agree with it.
- We are either in the solution (treatment), or in the problem (addiction thinking, behavior).
- I am the only one responsible for my Recovery.
- I am the only one who can choose my quality of life.
- We cannot change the past but we can change its' effect on us.
- When I enter Recovery I am immediately beginning "living amends" and a new way of life.
- Learn to be patient; time to heal takes time.