Many men and women suffering from the disease of addiction feel alone. It is not uncommon for an individual to believe that their problems with alcohol and drugs are too extreme for recovery to be possible. Many, sadly, give in to the notion that treatment would be ineffective based on their experiences with trying and failing to achieve and maintain sobriety. In truth, everyone has the capacity to fully recover from addiction no matter how impossible it may seem.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous States:
“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”
Honesty is Important
Engaging in a process that requires rigorous honesty can be a frightening prospect. We rarely lived by principles in our addictions, and may be uncomfortable with the prospect of developing a new design for living. If we are to be successful in recovery, we need to lay aside our selfish and self-seeking behaviors in exchange for a life guided by a code of love and tolerance for others. Old habits are hard to break, however, and it may take time to develop a new manner of living. If we can thoroughly and fearlessly engage in the recovery process, we will recover.
Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. If we are to be successful, each aspect must be address. When an individual is unsuccessful, it is often the result of not treating each part of the disease equally. When we begin engaging in a recovery process that takes into account all factors of the disease, however, we find that we are much more likely to be successful.
Addiction and alcoholism do no have to control your life. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin the rewarding journey of recovery. The Lakehouse Recovery Center, located on beautiful Lake Sherwood in Southern California, combines 12-Step, alternative, and holistic approaches to effectively treat every aspect of the disease of addiction and alcoholism. For information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (877) 762-3707